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AIC Highlights Noteworthy People

Monday, August 12, 2019  
Posted by: Payton Grover
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People August, 2019


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


Former three-term Sun Valley Mayor Ruth Lieder died Monday of natural causes. She was 89.


After graduating from Smith College in 1953, Lieder worked for Sports Illustrated and Asia Weekly magazine, and ran her own public relations firm, called Nothing’s Impossible Inc. Leider was Sun Valley’s mayor for three consecutive terms from 1981 to 1994, and was a councilwoman from 1979 to 1981. She also worked as a real estate agent.


“We did very positive things,” she told the Idaho Mountain Express in 2015 of her time in office. She cited her greatest accomplishments as the Sun Valley bike path construction and the merging of the Sun Valley hospital with the county hospital.

Lieder said her gender played an important role in politics, especially since she never presided over a female council person.

“I love working. That’s why I’m still so involved. I like being with people,” she said in 2015. She left a great example ang legacy for the Sun Valley City Council.



The City of Rigby’s city council has seen some changes. Former Council Member Benson Taylor, who resigned after moving out of the city for a brief time, rejoined the council after his nomination and subsequent swearing in by Mayor Jason Richardson.

When Taylor resigned June 6, he told the council he would like to be reinstated if he did move back to the city. All present voted for his reinstatement. Council Member Nichole Weight was not present.

Just as Taylor had become eligible to serve on the council again, Council Member Adam Hall had become ineligible. “I have moved out of the city limits,” Hall said.

Hall said he had officially moved into his new residence and thus needed to resign from the city council. “I have enjoyed my tenure on the city council and look forward to seeing the success and accomplishments forthcoming within the city,” he said, reading his letter of resignation. Hall said he would continue to serve on the Urban Renewal Agency since he will still be living in Jefferson County. To fill Hall’s position, the mayor will need to nominate his replacement, upon which the council can either approve or reject the nomination.


Hailey Public Library Director LeAnn Gelskey has won the 2019 Librarian of the Year award from the Idaho Library Association, for her wide-ranging efforts to expand and celebrate library programs in Blaine County and around the state.


“Gelskey is an inspirational steward of thoughtful change within the Hailey Library,” City Administrator Heather Dawson said. “She balances well the traditional elements of a library with the need to modernize.”


Gelskey was the first librarian in Idaho to receive accreditation through the American Library Association/Allied Professional Association and has guided several of her employees toward higher education.


“LeAnn shows considerable talent and tenacity in managing the Hailey Library. We are proud of her,” Mayor Fritz Haemmerle said.


The City of Sun Valley has hired longtime Wood River Fire & Rescue Capt. Rich Bauer as its department’s new assistant chief—a role created to help integrate the Ketchum Rural Fire Protection District into the city’s department this fall.

“Rich will be an integral part of our leadership team, and lead the transition as we bring the Ketchum Rural Fire District onto our operations,” Sun Valley Mayor Peter Hendricks said.

“Sun Valley has a lot of great momentum,” Bauer told the City Council last week. “This is a great opportunity for me to serve the citizens of Sun Valley, and soon, the citizens of Ketchum Rural.”


At an Emmett City Council meeting, Mayor Gordon Petrie said he took pleasure in presenting certificates to two EMS employees for “going the extra mile.” The duo were the first recipients of the “Going the Extra Mile” award to be presented by the mayor for those noticed in the community for going above and beyond.  Deputy Chief Len McCaulou and Joanna Hussman responded to a call about an elderly woman. These two went above and beyond to make sure that this woman returned to her car and home safely! They went above and beyond!


Priest River Police Sgt. Chris Davis recently earned his supervisor certification through the Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training.


PRPD Chief Drew McLain presented Davis with the certificate during a City Council meeting, along with a letter from POST that read, “Please allow us to extend our congratulations for qualifying for the supervisor peace officer certificate. This certificate is offered for a job that can be classified as the most important and most important in an agency — the person in the middle between the top management and the line.


“We here at POST realize the responsibility and commitment it takes to become a good supervisor and we wish you continued success in your upward advancement.” Congratulations Sgt. Davis!


Long-time Idaho Falls City Employee, Darrin Lords, WWTP Plant Foreman won the Idaho Operator of the Year State Award. “If you have a question about any type of biological treatment activity, he has the answer,” stated coworker Mike Henricksen when asked about his experience working with Darrin Lords at the City of Idaho Falls’ Wastewater Treatment Facility.


Lords’ knowledge and experience gained from 33 years of working for the city earned him Idaho Operator of the Year, a designation given during the Idaho Reuse & Operators Conference earlier this summer. Lords is a class IV wastewater treatment operator who was promoted from operator to plant foreman in June 2019.


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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