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AIC Highlights Noteworthy People

Tuesday, January 28, 2020  
Posted by: Payton Grover
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People January 28, 2020


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


The City of Nampa Public Works Department and Streets Division Superintendent Don Barr have been awarded the 2019 Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho (COMPASS) Leadership in Government, Canyon County Award.

In 2019, the Streets Division sought out training to further refine the already successful chip seal program. The team adjusted rock and oil application rates, leading to reductions in sweeping time, minimizing damage to vehicles and an improved overall product. Marking only the second time in the City of Nampa’s history that the Clerk’s Office had not received any rock chip claims.

The Streets Division also implemented a salt brine system to enhance the snow maintenance level of service. The brine application improved safety, enhanced road aesthetics and substantially reduced sweeping time. Investing in a salt brine system which can be made on-site is also a significant cost savings. Brine that is pre-made and delivered costs approximately $1.10/gallon but only costs $.07 per gallon if made on-site. In FY 19, approximately 68,900 gallons were produced internally at a cost of $4,823; if the product had been purchased pre-made, it would have cost over $70,000 for the same amount.

Between the chip seal and brine system improvements, it is estimated these improvements saved the City of Nampa nearly $140,000 per year in operational costs and serves as a prime example of Mayor Kling’s citywide challenge to provide excellent customer service and be good stewards of taxpayer resources.


Two new officers have been hired to work for Preston City’s police department in recent weeks, Tuyen Nguyen and Tyler Wilson.

Tuyen Nguyen (pronounced Twin Winn) came to Preston two months ago from the Ada County Marshall’s office. Before that he spent time in Meridian, Sun Valley and the Rupert police departments. Ngyuen, a native of Vietnam, immigrated to the United States and settled in Twin Falls in 2007. He has also served with the United States Military and is a veteran of the Iraq War. He served from 2010 to 2011 in Bagdad.

Tyler Wilson grew up in Clinton, Utah. He and his wife and children currently live in Smithfield, Utah. Wilson said he has wanted to follow in the footsteps of his own father, a sergeant in the Clinton City Police Department in Utah. Wilson has been studying diesel mechanics, but when the opportunity came for him to join the department, he was excited to take it. He has experience working in Montana as an officer, as well.

The Idaho Falls Fire Department is pleased to announce that Jon Perry has accepted the position as the department’s new deputy chief of operations. Chief Perry has 25 years in public safety and has served as IFFD’s training division chief since the spring of 2018. His promotion comes following the recent retirement of Deputy Chief Dave Coffey. Chief Perry officially began his new assignment on Jan. 4.

“It is honor to be selected as the next deputy chief,” states Perry. “I look forward to serving in this capacity and contributing to our department’s long history of professionalism and community involvement,” adds Perry. 

 Chief Perry began his career as a paramedic for the Johnson County Med-Act in Kansas in 1996 where he provided advanced life support response for more than 535,000 citizens with approximately 35,000 calls for service per year out of 17 ambulance stations. He moved to the Overland Park Fire Department in 1999 where he rose through the ranks as a firefighter/paramedic, hazardous materials technician and training officer. He was also an instructor of firefighting tactics and strategies at the Johnson CChief Jon Perryounty Community College Fire Academy. Chief Perry holds an Associate of Emergency Medicine degree, a Bachelor of General Education degree and a Master of Public Affairs degree. 

He was hired as the training division chief for IFFD in 2018 where he oversaw firefighting and EMS training for 130 full-time personnel. IFFD serves a population of 108,000 residents occupying 350 square miles with an average of 13,000 calls for service annually.


Mayor Blad of Pocatello donated the $1,000 he earned through the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health, Inc.’s Mayor’s Walking Challenge to the Hitting Hearts Foundation. The money will help purchase adaptive physical education equipment for Highland High School’s students with special needs

“We want all students to have the same opportunities to be healthy and fit,” said Mayor Brian Blad. “It was a pleasure to know that each step I took would help these Highland students with that goal.”

To receive the challenge money, Mayor Blad had to walk at least 10,000 steps per day during October 2018.


For a change, the new class of Pocatello police officers includes more women than men.

Recently in a nearly full City Council chambers at City Hall, Police Chief Roger Schei presided over a ceremony that saw three new Pocatello Police Department officers sworn in, several advancements and promotions recognized and two distinguished service awards given out that afternoon.


Joining the Pocatello Police Department were Porter Johnson, Marisa Saldana and Courtney Munson.

“For I think the first time ever, the new female officers outnumber the male officers,” Schei said prior to introducing the new recruits.

Johnson is a 2016 graduate of Pocatello High School and son of Pocatello Chief Deputy Attorney Ian Johnson.

Saldana, a former softball standout at Highland High School, studied criminal justice at Idaho State and holds a degree in criminal justice from Big Bend Community College.

Munson, also a native Pocatellan, moved to Las Vegas while in high school. After working in the Las Vegas area as an EMT, Munson returned to the Gate City to embark on a new career path and joined the Pocatello Police Department.


The two recipients of the distinguished service awards were officer Tyler Anderson and dispatcher Diana Rich, who were recognized for their actions stemming from an August 2019 incident in which a 65-year-old man had a massive heart attack.

Schei also announced advancements for more than a dozen Pocatello police officers. These advancements require a combination of college credits and/or POST training and job experience.

Irving Middle School eighth-grader Evie Bidwell was Pocatello’s Mayor for a Day.

Mayor for a Day Bidwell’s term is began the morning of January 28 and ran until a little after 1 p.m. During her time in office, she received an overview of the City’s operations from Mayor Brian Blad and was able to meet with other City officials.

At Irving, Bidwell serves as an aide in the school’s media center as well as participates in the Select Girls Choir and cheerleading. She is also an avid reader and plans on becoming a human rights attorney.

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.


 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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