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People July 12, 2019

Check out noteworthy things being done and honors received by people in Idaho cities around the state.


The City of Eagle has a new police chief.

At an Eagle City Council meeting this month, Ada County Sheriff Stephen Bartlett introduced Matt Clifford as the new leader of the city’s law enforcement, according to a news release from Ellen Mattila, spokeswoman for the city.

Eagle — like Star and Kuna — contract with the Ada County Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement services. Although the officers who patrol those cities are employed by the office, they are still identified as Eagle, Star and Kuna police.

Clifford himself has worked for the Ada County Sheriff’s Office since 2000, when he started his time there as a jail deputy. A native of Spokane, Washington, he grew up in the small North Idaho mining town of Mullan. He came to the Treasure Valley in 1995 to attend Boise State University, graduating with a biology degree, according to the release.

After three years as a jail deputy, he transferred to the office’s K9 unit. He was promoted to sergeant in 2012, and to lieutenant in 2019. Clifford’s appointment to the role comes as former Eagle Police Chief Pat Calley prepares for retirement. Calley had served as the city’s police chief since 2014.

The City of Sun Valley’s City Administrator Susan Robertson will depart her job with the city government on Aug. 2 to begin a new job with the city of Augusta, Maine. Robertson has been the city administrator in Sun Valley since January 2013. Robertson said her new job will be as the assistant city administrator and head of human resources. Augusta is the state capital of Maine and had a population of 18,681 residents in 2018.

Officer Scott Royer, a veteran of the City of Preston’s Police Department was recognized for earning the title Master Peace Officer, by Chief of Police Dan McCammon during the June 24 Preston City Council meeting. The honor is the result of 15 years of law enforcement experience, a degree in Administration of Justice from Washington State University, as well as numerous professional classes and schools. The entire city council, Mayor Mark Beckstead, and the assembled citizens in the council chambers applauded Royer and thanked him for his hard work, dedication, and professionalism. Royer has been with the Preston Police Department for 15 years. Chief McCammon said, “Scott has done a great job for the department with all the investigations that he’s done. Whatever we give him he does with a lot of energy and he’s very thorough with everything that he does.”

A paved walking path at Kenneth Carberry Elementary School in the City of Emmett got its final financial boost at an end of year school assembly when Emmett Mayor Gordon Petrie presented a $10,000 check to Emmett Schools maintenance director Mike Smith. The funds were a portion of a grant received from The Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health that the City Emmett designated for the path and for an update to the city’s bicycle and pedestrian plan.

Scott Lamb has been appointed to the Challis City Council, replacing Katie Spence, who moved from Challis earlier this year. Lamb agreed to finish out Spence’s term, which expires in January, and to run for election this fall, Mayor Mike Barrett said.

Idaho Falls Assistant City Attorney Michael Kirkham was recently recognized by the Idaho Municipal Attorneys Association with the 2019 Rising Star Award at its annual conference in Boise. “(We are) fortunate to have Mike Kirkham as a part of our legal team,” said Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper. “He never fails to make a positive contribution in part because he has a bright mind and excellent legal instincts. And because of this, he is trusted by his colleagues both in the city and across the state.”

Our own Coeur d'Alene Fire Department Firefighter/Paramedic Cody Moore was named critical care paramedic of the year by the Kootenai County Emergency Medical Service System. He was nominated by his peers, and was picked from a pool of other Kootenai County medics.

For the first time in its 143-year history, the Boise Fire Department has a female captain. Senior firefighter Ashley Rosenbaum was named captain. Rosenbaum, 38, has been with the department for 12 years and was also the station’s first female driver. “Ashley is a great firefighter and will be a great leader. Her great attitude and work ethic were recognized early on here at Boise Fire, and since she has been hired, she has continued to show her strength and dedication to this job,” Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan said in a statement. “She is great role model and a huge asset to the department.”

Recently, Mayor Brian Blad of the City of Pocatello, selected Alan Evans to the post of Airport Manager. Alan has served at the airport for over 29 years and during the past 15 years, he has been the facility’s Operations and Maintenance Supervisor.  “Alan knows and understands Pocatello Regional Airport,” said Mayor Brian Blad. “He’s done a fantastic job as Interim Airport Manager and we’re excited that he wanted to take on this responsibility on a permanent basis.”


If someone in your community has done something noteworthy or received an honor that you feel should be highlighted in the People section of the newsletter, send the information to Payton by e-mail or fax 344-8677.


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