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AIC Highlights Noteworthy People

Tuesday, December 17, 2019  
Posted by: Payton Grover
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People December 17, 2019


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


The director of the Boise Public Library, Kevin Booe announced to library trustees Thursday that he would retire after 39 years with the city.


He said his decision to retire was independent of plans to replace the main library with a new building in the same space as the current building on South Capitol. He’s been eligible for retirement for three years and said he has been thinking about it for “some time.”

Booe’s career with the library began when he shelved books part-time while a student at Boise State University. He moved up through the library system, before being appointed director in February 2007.


“I have been privileged and honored to serve Boise citizens and library customers,” Booe said in a news release. “No library staff can match the passion, innovation, and exceptional customer service that Boise Public Library staff delivers each day to help make Boise the ‘most livable city in the country.’”


During his tenure as director, Booe expanded the library to include four full-service branch libraries and a digital airport library.


Daily visits to the library have increased 23% during Booe’s tenure as director, according to a news release, and borrowing is up 56%. Attendance at library programs has doubled.


Booe said he was looking at the end of the year for his official retirement and leaning toward Dec. 23 as his last day. The library Board of Trustees will discuss an interim director and a national search process to replace the director,


Senior Paeton Cates joined the City as Pocatello’s Chief Executive Monday, November 25. Cates is the Student Body President at Pocatello High, plays on the school’s soccer team, and is involved in student leadership. She is also working to receive her Emergency Medical Technician certification through the school.


Mayor for a Day Cates’ term started around 8:30 a.m. and wrapped up around 1:30 p.m. During her term of office, she got to meet with City department heads and recieved an overview of the City’s day-to-day operations from Mayor Brian Blad.


During the school year, a new Mayor for a Day is chosen from the city’s middle and high schools once a month. The selection is made by the school and a different school is represented each month.


Deputy Dameon Groves has received a Life Saving Commendation Bar after he saved a choking infant in northern Idaho.


Deputy Dameon Groves, with the Shoshone County Sheriff's Office, responded to an infant emergency call last August.


Groves immediately began life-saving measures on the infant. His actions cleared the airway and the infant was able to breathe on her own again.


Since that day, the infant is healthy and doing very well.


"The distinctive actions of Deputy Groves reflect great credit upon himself and the Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office," SCSO said. "Deputy Groves was presented with a Life Saving Commendation Bar to proudly wear on his uniform knowing his actions saved a life."


The City of Nampa’s Chief of Staff, Clay Long, has been appointed as the State Administrator of the Idaho Division of Career & Technical Education.


Nampa Mayor Debbie Kling said, “While I would prefer not to lose Mr. Long, I fully support his vision for CTE in the State of Idaho and am confident he will excel as the Administrator of the Idaho Division of Career Technical Education. Our state needs an excellent, visionary leader that understands the needs of our businesses and has served in a hands-on position with CTE programs. During his time with the City of Nampa, Mr. Long accomplished much, and Nampa is better because of his presence.”


Long said, “While much shorter than I had anticipated, my time with the City has been rewarding and I have very much appreciated the support and guidance received. I have gained a new understanding and appreciation for municipal government and respect the dedication of each department.”


The Coeur d’Alene Police Department was recently recognized by the Idaho Office of Highway Safety, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the international Association of Chiefs of Police for the number of Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) evaluations completed over the past two years.


Additionally, Officer Nick Knoll was individually acknowledged for completing more DRE Evaluations than any other officer in the Pacific Northwest, and for being ranked in the top 10 most productive Drug Recognition Experts in the nation.


The agency’s commitment to traffic safety is unwavering, as is demonstrated by the dedication of these officers and the regional leadership efforts exhibited by Officer Knoll. We are proud of our staff and we will remain devoted to these duties.


Idaho Falls’ deputy fire chief, Dave Coffey is leaving Idaho Falls to take a new job as fire chief of Danville, Va.


Dave Coffey has been with the department since 1994, starting as a firefighter and climbing the ranks from there to paramedic, captain, division chief of special operations and, since 2014, deputy chief of operations. His last day will be Dec. 31.


“Accepting this position comes with mixed emotions,” Coffey said. “I have called Idaho Falls home since the Navy brought me here in 1990. (The Idaho Falls Fire Department) has been my family since 1994. The opportunities and life experiences that this department have provided me are invaluable. My life has been truly edified by the department’s leadership and the relationships I have forged with the firefighters, external partners in the fire service and community members. I cannot thank you enough.”


As well as managerial duties such as overseeing staff, employees and budgeting, Coffey supervised the state Hazardous Materials Response and Technical Response Teams, the Fire Prevention Division and the Swift Water Rescue Team. He also served as the city’s liaison to the Idaho Department of Lands, the federal Bureau of Land Management and Bonneville County Emergency Planning, as well as an incident commander for Idaho’s Region 3 All-Hazards Incident Management Team, including during the 2016 Henry’s Creek Fire and the 2017 solar eclipse. And, he helped organize the Idaho Falls Fire Department Pipes and Drums band.


“The experience and expertise that Deputy Chief Coffey takes with him will be difficult to replace, but the path of excellence he created will be here with us at (the Idaho Falls Fire Department) forever,” Fire Chief Duane Nelson said. “The Danville Fire Department will be fortunate to get such a steward of fire and emergency services.”


Mayor Rebecca Casper praised Coffey’s work during the Henry’s Creek Fire, crediting him for helping to save property due to his swift action.


“As a department leader, he has played a key role building and growing our department’s capabilities,” she said. “In my relatively short time with the city, I have watched him grow into a firefighter’s firefighter. The citizens of Danville are indeed fortunate. We wish Chief Coffey the very best in this new role.”


The job will be posted on the city’s website in the coming weeks.


Nampa City Councilman Rick Hogaboam has been named the city's new chief of staff, the city announced Monday.


Hogaboam is expected to begin his new position Jan. 13. The new position means Hogaboam must resign from his position on city council. His last regular council meeting will be Jan. 6.


Hogaboam was first elected to Seat 3 on Nampa City Council in 2017, and would have been up for reelection in 2021.


Mayor Debbie Kling will form a committee to appoint Hogaboam's replacement on the council, city spokeswoman Amy Bowman said.


"His knowledge and passion for our community has been made evident through his service on the Nampa City Council and I look forward to using his talents to move the vision of Nampa forward," Kling said in the city's press release.


Nampa's previous chief of staff, Clay Long, stepped down Dec. 6 to take a job as the state administrator of the Idaho Division of Career-Technical Education. Long started his job with the city July 1, replacing Bobby Sanchez, who transferred positions to be Nampa's workforce development director, and later resigned due to health issues.


"It is an honor to step into this office and serve Nampa as we keep taking steps to assure a healthy and prosperous future by improving the effectiveness of local government, while also finding ways to save taxpayer money," Hogaboam said in the press release. "Nampa deserves our best."


As a councilman, Hogaboam served as council liaison in police contract negotiations, the library board of trustees and as an alternate to the Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho (Compass) board of directors.


After more than 25 years of public service with the City of Twin Falls, Deputy City Manager Brian Pike has announced he will retire on January 17.


Pike began his career as a police officer with the Twin Falls Police Department in 1994, and during his time as a patrol officer he worked as a field training officer, DARE instructor and mentor, school resource officer, and he co-chaired the Enough-Is-Enough drug education program.


Pike also worked in, and supervised, several specialized units that include: SWAT, Bike Patrol, Community Service Unit and an assignment to a federal unit for Multi-Agency Narcotics Investigations. He served as a police Corporal, Staff Sergeant, Field Operations Supervisor, Narcotics Unit Supervisor, Internal Affairs Investigator, and served as Interim Operations Manager for SIRCOMM in 2002.


In 2011, City Manager Tom Courtney appointed Pike as the Twin Falls Police Chief. Pike served as the Police Chief until 2015, when the City of Twin Falls reorganized its leadership structure and created the role of Deputy City Manager of Public Safety. As the Deputy City Manager, Pike oversaw the Police Department, Fire Department, Code Enforcement, and City Communications Center.


“It’s my belief that community service is the foundation on which public safety functions are established,” Brian Pike said. “I believe the community must partner with our Public Safety Teams to improve our quality of life, and over the past 25 years I worked to instill this principle in the men and women who worked under my direction.”


Pike said he plans to spend time with his family, including with his son who is training to be a member of the U.S National Team (PARA). He and his wife also plan to explore new places and simply enjoy their time together.


“I want the community to know how much I appreciate the opportunity to serve the residents of Twin Falls,” Pike said. “It will always be home.”




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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