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AIC Highlights Noteworthy People

Friday, February 21, 2020  
Posted by: Payton Grover
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People February 21, 2020


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


Planning and Development Services Director Melanie Gygli for the City of Pocatello is set to retire February 18. Gygli started at the City in April 1990 as a Secretary in the department. From there, she rose through the ranks of the department, serving as the Community Development Assistant, Assistant Planner, and Grants Administrator. She moved to a management position in February 2011, taking on the Division Manager job for the Neighborhood and Community Services Division. She now wraps up her career as the Director of the Planning and Development Services Department, where she administers the City’s land use ordinances, oversees the departmental budget, facilitates economic development efforts, and serves as the Executive Director for the Pocatello Development Authority. 

“I am proud to have served my community and to have been a member of a team that works hard to make Pocatello a great place to call home,” Melanie said. “I’ve enjoyed helping people work through the process of developing their projects. Whether it was an individual homeowner or large-scale commercial development, each project was unique in its own way.”

  Over the years, and because she has taken on so many roles in the department, Melanie has been involved in a wide range of efforts. She’s helped facilitate infill housing in the city’s older neighborhoods, installed accessible playground equipment at Bremmer Park, and helped develop the Pocatello Square area and the Northgate Interchange to name a few.

“The Terry First Build a Better Block Event was exciting,” said Melanie. “It was wonderful seeing so many members of the community experiment with improvements to the area, and finding what might work—and might not work—in terms of neighborhood improvements.”

In retirement, Melanie says she plans on spending more time with her family, travelling, and volunteering in the community.

“What I’ll miss most is the people I’ve been fortunate to work with,” Gygli said. “The friendships I’ve made here will last a lifetime.”


The City of Pocatello is adding five honorary citizens to its ranks.

Mayor Brian Blad will proclaim Dick Fosbury, Andre Philips, Stacy Dragila, Willie Banks, and Tyson Gunter as honorary citizens of the Gate City at the Breakfast with Fosbury and Friends. The proclamation recognizes the group “for their continued involvement in Simplot Games and their dedication to supporting High School athletes and their dreams of also becoming Olympians.”

“It is incredible that these Olympic athletes choose to support the Simplot Games year after year,” said Mayor Brian Blad. “The encouragement and advice they give to participants means so much. It is a privilege for me to recognize their contributions by giving them honorary citizenship in Pocatello.”


Lewiston Police Officer Eric Olson received a unanimous vote at the Idaho Medal of Honor Commission meeting for his actions during a shooting spree April 17, 2019, that spanned from the 3500 block of 11th Street to the Nez Perce County Fairgrounds in the Lewiston Orchards, said Scott Graf, the Idaho attorney general’s public information officer.

Daniel T. Cook died after the shootout with police at the fairgrounds. Cook initiated the shooting spree that ultimately led to his death by driving up to Nez Perce Tribal Police Officer Josh Rigney’s home in the Orchards, knocking on the door and shooting Rigney twice. Rigney later recovered from the shooting.

Olson had been nominated for the award, along with three of his fellow officers, Jacob Gunter, Nick Krakalia and Detective Brett Dammon, Graf said. Gunter, Krakalia and Dammon will be given a letter of commendation in acknowledgement of their bravery from Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden on behalf of the commission, Graf said.


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


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