AIC Highlights Noteworthy People
Monday, August 29, 2016
Posted by: Gay Dawn Oyler
Check out noteworthy things being done and honors received by people in Idaho cities around the state.
The City of Blackfoot recently presented the Employee of the Year Award to Police Officer Tyson Infanger. The City also gave “On The Spot” Awards to Steve Dewey and Rick Thurman, with the wastewater treatment facility, and Rheann Murray, of the city department.
By unanimous consent, the Idaho Falls City Council agreed to hire a new human resources director, ending a five-month vacancy at that position. Ryan Tew, the HR director for meat processor JBS in Hyrum, Utah, will start Sept. 6. “We are excited to welcome Mr. Tew to the management team,” Mayor Rebecca Casper said in a news release. “In the absence of an HR director over the past several months, we have come to more fully appreciate how vital this position is to the city and to our employees. We are fortunate to have someone of his caliber with such a broad range of skills and experience join us.” Tew previously worked in human resources at Argonne National Laboratory-West, as an HR consultant in Nevada and the Salt Lake City Department of Airports as employee relations manager and ombudsman. Tew has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Utah State University and a master’s in public administration from Brigham Young University. He has held adjunct teaching positions at the University of Idaho, University of Phoenix and Independence University.
Idaho Falls Fire Department (IFFD) Division Chief Jeff Parsons was designated Chief Training Officer by the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) during the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) conference in San Antonio, Texas. Parsons is only one of two in the fire service to receive such a designation in the state of Idaho. The IFFD was also one of only five departments to be showcased in a video at the conference.
The City of Lewiston has hired Nichole (Nikki) Province as its new Human Resources Director. She starts work September 22. She will replace Rebecca Randal, who will retire on September 21 after 12 years with the City.
Patricia Rose is the new Administrative Assistant II in the Nampa Clerks Office.
Lisa Transtrum is the new City Clerk for the City of St. Charles. She replaces Peggy Pugmire, who retired.
Raymond “Skip” Voss, a former Meridian firefighter and fire marshal, passed away on August 11 at age 73. By friends’ accounts, Voss was among those lucky enough to find their passions in life. His included fighting fires and serving Meridian, his hometown. After spending five years in the Navy, Voss returned home. He worked at the family business, Meridian Plumbing, then in 1969, became a volunteer firefighter. He began serving at a time when the then-rural community had just a couple thousand residents and many fire calls had to do with haystacks in flames. “He loved this city,” said Kenny Bowers, Meridian fire inspector who served with Voss for decades. “He loved his work, he loved fighting fires.” The City hired Voss as its first full-time paid firefighter in 1976. He rose through the ranks to become fire marshal. During his time with the department, he started many programs to benefit the city, said Bowers, including inspection programs for businesses and day cares. He retired in 2000. Voss, said Bowers, was “a character,” noted for a good sense of humor around the firehouse. Among his pranks: switching his fellow firefighters’ gear. “You’d see these big guys struggling to put on uniforms that were too small,” said Bowers. Voss liked to light off firecrackers as pranks, “in a way you couldn’t do today,” said Bowers. He was a fan of NASCAR races and was a member of the Ten Mile Community Church. Meridian City Council President Keith Bird, who also grew up in Meridian, said, “Skip really gave back to the community. He’d do anything for Meridian. He was a mighty fine person.” Voss is survived by his wife, Joyce; their daughter, Anne; and his siblings, Carlene and Howard. His memorial service was well-attended. Ada County dispatch sent out a “last alarm” for him the morning of his funeral: “On behalf of the citizens of Meridian, we thank you for your service. Marshal Voss, rest in peace knowing we have the watch.”
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