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AIC Highlights Noteworthy People

Monday, December 21, 2015  
Posted by: Gay Dawn Oyler
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Check out noteworthy things being done and honors received by people in Idaho cities around the state.

Mike Lehto, president of the Idaho Falls City Council, was honored as Champion of Public Power by the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) at its recent 2015 UAMPS Member Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Champion of Public Power Award recognizes an appointed official of a member city or utility who has provided many years of exceptional service to municipal public power, demonstrating vision and unusual devotion in the performance of their duties. Lehto has served as council liaison to Idaho Falls Power for 15 years and has been instrumental in leading Idaho Falls Power in establishing important new policies and has been a stalwart supporter and defender of public power.

Jackie Flowers, general manager of Idaho Falls Power, was elected chair of the board of directors of the UAMPS at the recent 2015 UAMPS Member Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. Flowers is the first woman to be elected to the UAMPS board of directors. UAMPS is a cooperative made up of 45 community-owned utilities spread across the Intermountain West.

Pete Schwartz, volunteer squad leader, was honored as Ketchum’s Firefighter of the Year. A member of the fire department for the past 14 years, he is also an emergency medical technician and instructor. Sun Valley firefighter Nate Galpin was also honored. 

The Pocatello City Council voted to appoint Richard Stewart as the new Animal Services Director. He has been working in the Animal Care and Control Department for the City of Richmond, Virginia.


John McHugh, former Coeur d’Alene mayor, passed away of natural causes at his home on December 14, at the age of 85. He believed that citizen involvement is an obligation to make communities thrive. McHugh was Mayor of Coeur d’Alene from 1970 to 1974 and served on the City Council from 1962 to 1969. He helped organize Coeur d’Alene’s centennial celebration in 1987. He served on several boards, including the Association of Idaho Cities board. Ron Edinger, a Coeur d’Alene City Councilmember who also served on the City Council with McHugh said of McHugh, “his contributions to our city were many. He always had the city of Coeur d’Alene at heart.” McHugh will be greatly missed.

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