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Sen. Maryanne Jordan and AIC Counsel Jerry Mason receive Ken Harward Award for exceptional service to Idaho and its communities

Posted By Justin Ruen, Monday, June 22, 2020

AIC honored Idaho State Senator Maryanne Jordan and AIC Counsel Jerry Mason with the Ken Harward Award on June 11 during the AIC Virtual Annual Conference June 10-12, 2020.

The Ken Harward Award was established by AIC to recognize exceptional contributions benefiting the State of Idaho and its communities. Harward was City Administrator and Finance Director for the City 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.

Maryanne Jordan served on the Boise City Council from 2003 to 2017 and served as Council President from 2005-06 and 2010-2015.  She co-sponsored Boise’s non-discrimination ordinance and was active in the Boise Foothills Open Space campaign.  She was also actively engaged on the AIC Legislative Committee and as a district director on the AIC Board.

Maryanne was appointed by Governor Otter to fill a State Senate seat vacated when Boise Sen. Elliot Werk was appointed to the State Tax Commission. 

Maryanne is a former President of the West Valley Neighborhood Association and spent five years on Boise’s Planning and Zoning Commission. 

“As a policymaker at the state and local level, Maryanne has distinguished herself by having a phenomenal grasp of complex issues, a willingness to work with others of differing philosophical perspectives, and for treating everyone with respect,” said AIC Executive Director Kelley Packer.  “Congratulations to Maryanne on this very well-deserved recognition!”

Jerry Mason serves as AIC’s Legal Counsel and as Board Counsel for ICRMP.  His work with AIC involves training, technical assistance and advocacy in the subject areas of planning and zoning, annexation, procurement, open meetings, public records, ethics, personnel, and liability.  

With his longtime law partner Nancy Stricklin, the Mason & Stricklin firm provided legal counsel to cities in North Idaho.

One of Jerry’s greatest highlights in advocating for cities was the Plummer v. Fruitland case, which was reheard before the Idaho Supreme Court and Jerry’s argument and amicus brief were instrumental in convincing the court to unanimously overturn their earlier decision and rule in favor of the city’s power to have an exclusive solid waste collection franchise.  It was an impressive and well-deserved result of Jerry’s hard work.

He has been an articulate and persuasive advocate for fair procedures to govern decisionmaking and his vision for procedural fairness is enshrined in state laws governing local government procurement, land use, and annexation.   

“Jerry’s 45 years of experience in local government provides him with a valuable and unequalled perspective,” said Kelley Packer.  “The AIC Board and staff have the greatest appreciation for Jerry’s dedicated service.”


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