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AIC Highlights Noteworthy People

Monday, April 20, 2020  
Posted by: Payton Grover
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People April 20, 2020


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


Hailey Mayor Martha Burke swore in the city’s new police chief, Steve England, during a City Council meeting as a crowd of local law enforcement and fire personnel looked on. “With the promotion of Steve England, I pledged to protect and serve the community of Hailey through the Hailey Police Department,” Burke said. England has 22 years of law enforcement experience under his belt, with 19 years dedicated to serving Hailey. “I am honored beyond belief to have been chosen to help lead such an amazing group of law enforcement professionals,” England said.


Hailey Public Library Director LeAnn Gelskey is stepping down after over a decade in her position to pursue a new career with the Idaho Commission for Libraries, the City of Hailey announced on Wednesday.

In her new role, Gelskey will be overseeing the commission’s Talking Book Service program, which provides audio and braille books to thousands of Idahoans unable to read print material.

“This offers a new challenge for me,” Gelskey said in a Wednesday statement. “Hailey will always be home to my husband, Brad, and me. We will miss it all but look forward to new adventures.”

Gelskey joined the library staff in 2001, working at first as a youth program librarian and co-director before being appointed to library director in 2009. She also orchestrated various book-distribution programs in Blaine County—some of which have included partnerships with The Hunger Coalition and the Blaine County jail—and is the architect behind the Little Free Library book-houses around town.

The City of Hailey announced that Library Public Services Coordinator Laura Primrose will serve as interim library director.


The Pocatello Police Department’s Reserve Team now has its first officer.

Thursday, the Department swore in Dr. Joe Englanoff as a reserve officer. Dr. Englanoff is a Board Member of the Crimes Against Children Foundation (CACF). He has been a member of the UCLA Medical Centers Emergency and Level One Trauma Department for over 25 years. He is a key member of the UCLA academic team and actively teaches emergency medicine for the residents in Trauma. The CACF works to protect children against cyberbullying, bring awareness to teenage suicide, provide education about human trafficking, and more.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Crimes Against Children Foundation and help protect the youth of our community,” said Chief Roger Schei. “We’ll have some exciting announcements about this effort in the coming days and look forward to working with the CACF.”

The Pocatello Police Department’s Reserve Team is dedicating its efforts to protecting children from cyber predators and bring awareness to teenage suicide, active shooter prevention, officer wellness, youth cadet programs, and more. The Reserve Team will be comprised of volunteers that will assist and provide services to the police department. Reserve Team members are selected by the department’s Command Staff. 


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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