LHTAC liaisons help local jurisdictions identify resources to improve and maintain their roadways.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Posted by: Gay Dawn Oyler
The Local Highway Technical Assistance Council (LHTAC) has two new faces making their way around Idaho, Lan Smith and Susan Kiebert. In place of filling the vacant Deputy Administrator position, Smith and Kiebert have been hired as part-time employees. They will focus on helping local jurisdictions recognize and identify resources that will help them improve and maintain their systems more effectively.
Idaho is a large state, and having two employees dedicated to working face-to-face, is key to reaching remote jurisdictions, often the ones needing our help the most.
Smith will be focusing his work in the lower section of the state.
Smith’s background as a commissioner for Gem County and serving as a Council member for LHTAC gives him firsthand knowledge of what we do and how it impacts local officials.
“I am excited to be back with LHTAC. I believe my experience of serving on the Council for seven years, as a representative for the Idaho Association of Counties, combined with my ten years as county commissioner will give me a unique ability to communicate the needs of local highway jurisdictions and match them with the resources of LHTAC. This communication link provides the opportunity to be more effective in the challenging work we do of maintaining our transportation system” – Lan Smith
Kiebert’s main area of focus will be in ITD districts one and two.
Kiebert’s background in transportation goes back 30 years- serving as Public Involvement Lead/Community Liaison for major projects in North Idaho including the Sand Creek Byway, US 2- Dover Bridge, US 95 Garwood to Sagle and US 95- Sandpoint to Kootenai Cutoff.
“As an Idahoan who has been involved with the many aspects of transportation for decades, I am honored and excited to be working with the Council and Staff. The local systems, which are critical to the movement of goods and people in our state, remain a major component of the larger statewide system. Working with local officials and LHTAC staff in maximizing resources for local jurisdictions, in conjunction with ITD and state policymakers, is a labor of love and one that can only benefit every resident of Idaho.” – Susan Kiebert
At LHTAC, it is our mission to advocate, support and train. We work hard to always represent Local Highway Jurisdictions’ best interest, deliver the highest quality assistance, and provide information and educational courses to every Local Highway Jurisdiction in Idaho. We are thrilled to have Kiebert and Smith along as part of our team.