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Ammon Mayor Dana Boothe Kirkham Named A 2016 Women of the Year

Tuesday, March 15, 2016  
Posted by: Gay Dawn Oyler
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In its recent list of the 50 Women of the Year for 2016, Idaho Business Review included Dana Boothe Kirkham, the Mayor of the City of Ammon, as one of those inspiring women.

Kirkham’s parents are longtime CIA agents and her family lived in Europe and South America until she was 9.  Her family relocated to Northern Virginia, and Dana attended Marion Military Institute in Alabama and graduated with a Political Science degree from Utah State University.  Before moving to Idaho, Kirkham worked for the U.S. State Department in Frankfurt, Germany and the CIA in Langley, Virginia.  

Kirkham joined the Ammon City Council in 2006 and served two terms before being elected Mayor in 2013.  She also serves on the AIC Legislative Committee.

Ammon is a fast-growing city bordering Idaho Falls.  It boasts a unique city owned and operated fiber optic system that has recently expanded into providing broadband service direct to homes.   

Kirkham’s motto, which she takes with her into her classroom and to city council meetings, is “Leave things better than you found them.” She is an adjunct professor in political science at Brigham Young University-Idaho and a former Boise State University Women Making History honoree.

Congratulations, Mayor Kirkham!

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