Craig Rockwood Receives Ken Harward Award
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Posted by: Gay Dawn Oyler
The Ken Harward Award recognizes exceptional contributions benefiting the city governments of the State of Idaho. Harward was City Administrator and Finance Director of Nampa, Idaho for 24 years and his visionary planning was integral to the development of the Nampa Recreation Center, the Centennial-Ridgecrest golf complex, the Nampa Civic Center and the Idaho Center. Harward was also AIC’s longest serving Executive Director and worked tirelessly to build the credibility and effectiveness of AIC.
The recipient of the 2016 Ken Harward Award is Craig Rockwood.
Craig was born to Ethel Ann and Hubert Rushton Rockwood and grew up in Iona, Idaho. After graduating from Bonneville High School, Craig served a mission in Manchester, England. Upon his return, Craig enrolled at the University of Utah, where he graduated with a Finance degree.
Craig married Joyce Aicher and raised three sons – Mike, Jason, and Blake. The Rockwoods now have four grandchildren.
Craig served on the Iona City Council for 10 years before being appointed Mayor in 1997. He was elected to his first term as Mayor in 1997 and re-elected in 2001. Rockwood worked hard to preserve Iona’s rural identity in the face of development pressures.
Craig also served as City Treasurer and Municipal Services Director for the City of Idaho Falls for 29 years. Rockwood is a Past President of the Idaho City Clerks, Treasurers and Finance Officers Association (ICCTFOA) and received the 2010 Weatherby Award for his contributions to ICCTFOA.
We will briefly cover just a few of the achievements from Rockwood’s lengthy and productive career of public service.
Craig worked closely with Rep. Golden Linford and AIC to shepherd a bill through the Idaho Legislature in 1998 allowing cities that were trapped by the 3% Cap with very low property tax levy rates to permanently raise their levy rate to .004 with 60% voter approval. In 1996, Iona’s levy rate was .0012 and the city’s tax levy generated only $21,000 annually to support city operations. After the bill took effect, Iona moved forward immediately to put the question on the November 1998 ballot, and the permanent override passed with 70 percent of the vote. The revenue was dedicated mostly to funding the city’s law enforcement contract with Bonneville County.
Rockwood worked to secure a $150,000 Community Development Block Grant for a downtown revitalization project in Iona that included storm drains, sidewalks and beautification.
Craig has served on the Idaho Counties Risk Management Program (ICRMP) board for 18 years. ICRMP Executive Director Rick Ferguson said that Craig “brings a unique perspective. As Treasurer and Municipal Services Director for the City of Idaho Falls, past mayor of Iona, and current board member of Iona Cemetery District, Craig understands how ICRMP impacts both small and large members. Craig has played a critical role in shaping ICRMP’s underwriting model and helping ICRMP staff to balance the needs of small and large members. ICRMP board members look to Craig for leadership on complex financial decisions and for the past 15 years, fellow board members have tasked Craig with the review and approval of all ICRMP expenditures. Craig is the only board member in the history of ICRMP to serve both in multiple elected positions and as an employee of an ICRMP member. Craig’s leadership and insights continue to provide the ICRMP program with the extraordinary governance that has been at the heart of ICRMP’s success.”
We express our most sincere appreciation for Craig Rockwood’s outstanding legacy of public service.
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