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AIC Highlights Noteworthy People

Tuesday, March 10, 2020  
Posted by: Payton Grover
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People March 10, 2020


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

The City of Idaho Falls Sanitation Superintendent, Jordan Rechenmacher receives national recognition. Out of 90,000 professionals worldwide, only 40 were selected to be honored as the next generation of leaders shaping the future of the waste and recycling industry. Jordan Rechenmacher, Idaho Falls’ Sanitation Superintendent will receive the Waste360 40 Under 40 Award during an awards ceremony in May.

Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper states, “Jordan is easily one of the wisest managers we have in the city. He not only knows his profession well enough to lead and to innovate, he also knows his staff well. As a team, the sanitation division gets things done efficiently and effectively.”

According to Waste360, the 40 Under 40 Awards program recognizes inspiring and innovative professionals under the age of 40 whose work in waste, recycling and organics has made a significant contribution to the industry. The winners are involved in every part of the waste and recycling industry, including haulers, municipalities, composters, recycling professionals, policymakers and product suppliers.

Chris Fredericksen, Idaho Falls Public Works Director states, “Since coming to work for the City of Idaho Falls in 2015 Jordan has proved himself as a very capable manager. Several significant changes have occurred in the past few years and Jordan has been instrumental in assuring successful outcomes of these endeavors. Jordan is confident, exhibits a ‘can do’ attitude and has a compelling work ethic to provide excellent service. Put all this together and you come away with an excellent manager – one that Public Works is very happy to have.”


Emmett Mayor Gordon Petrie presented Charlise Turner with his Doing the Right Thing Award for her actions and being an inspirational model for others.

According to the proclamation “on January 4, 2020, Charlise Turner, a quick-thinking nine-year old helped to save the life of her father, Gerald Turner, who had suffered a stroke and seizure simultaneously because of diabetes.

When Charlise heard strange noises coming for the living room of the family residence, she traveled downstairs to investigate and found her father lying on the floor in considerable pain. Her instincts immediately kicked in and Charlise had the presence of mind to stay calm and call 911.”

The proclamation further states “it is beyond any debate that Charlise’s father, is alive today because she instinctively reacted the right way; she did the right thing. Her clear thinking, quick action and strength of character deserve recognition. Charlise Turner brings great credit to her family, her community and herself by setting such a remarkable example for young people to follow when they encounter a life threatening episode: Stay Calm, call 911 and stay on the line if requested.”


City Employees of the City of Coeur d’Alene donated to families feeding families. City Employees recently donated 65 bags of food, four bags of additional food items, and $160 cash to the Salvation Army Kroc Center Families Feeding Families February Food Drive, which will help to restock our local food patries in North Idaho. 


The City of Hailey Mayor Martha Burke will swear in Assistant Police Chief Steve England as the new head of the department during a City Council meeting Monday night, the city announced on Thursday.

England will take over for former Chief Jeff Gunter, who retired last week.

In a statement, Burke highlighted England’s 22 years of service in law enforcement, including his work in Hailey since 2001. With England, she expects a “smooth transition and an increase in the level of service offered by Hailey Police Department,” according to the announcement.


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 e-mail or fax 344-8677.

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