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AIC Highlights Noteworthy People

Tuesday, May 19, 2020  
Posted by: Payton Grover
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People May 19, 2020


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


After a thorough review process, the City of Twin Falls is pleased to announce that it has selected Breanna Howard as the Chief Financial Officer for the City of Twin Falls.


The City advertised the position in November 2019 and received 30 applications from 10 states. A team comprised of city staff and the vice-mayor conducted Skype interviews with the candidates, and subsequently narrowed the candidate pool to four finalists who were interviewed in-person. Howard was selected after extensive interviews with the finalists.


The City CFO is an executive level position and both Idaho Code and City Code define the process required to confirm the appointment. Lorie Race, who has served the City of Twin Falls for almost 21 years, including 10 years as the Chief Financial Officer, will retire in May.


Howard has more than 12 years of experience as a Certified Public Accountant. Before joining the City of Twin Falls, she worked as a CPA in Twin Falls for Cooper Norman, where she started her professional career. She graduated Valedictorian from Kimberly High School and earned her Bachelors in Accounting from Boise State University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.


Howard was raised in Southern Idaho and enjoys spending time with her family, playing and exploring with her 2-year old little boy, running, biking, hiking and being outdoors. She also enjoys traveling to different countries with her family to learn about historical places and different cultures.



The City of Pocatello’s Public Information Officer has received accolades from the Idaho Press Club.


The Idaho Press Club announced its Best of 2019 Award Winners online instead of at its gala awards banquet, which was canceled due to the coronavirus. Logan McDougall, Public Information Officer for the City, walked away with the top spot in the “Public Relations, News Release – PR” category.


“Everyone who meets Logan knows he takes pride in his responsibility as the City’s Public Information Officer,” said City Council President Heidi Adamson. “He provides important updates and keeps our citizens informed. Logan is definitely deserving of this award.”


“We are very proud of Logan and excited that he has been recognized by his peers,” said Mayor Brian Blad. “He is a true professional who works with every department to get information out to the public through regular media channels as well as our social media outlets.”


The recipients of the 2020 “Pocatello’s Promise of Tomorrow Mayoral Scholarship” have been selected.


In its inaugural year, the scholarship program awarded five students with two-year scholarships each totaling $2,000 ($500 per semester) to Idaho State University. The students, their high schools, and planned fields of study are:


Deja Revere – New Horizon High School – Forensic Science

Kayden Cummings – Grace Lutheran High School – Physician’s Assistant

Mariana Vera – Century High School – Anthropology

Raquel Martin – Highland High School – Special Education or Social Work

Sophia Eagle (Martin) – New Horizon High School – Welding


“We had 22 graduating seniors apply for the scholarship, and I can tell you the quality of the applications was incredible,” said Mayor Brian Blad. “These five students stood out, though, and we are excited to award Deja, Kayden, Mariana, Raquel and Sophia with scholarships. They have specific visions for their futures, and we are honored to be part of their journey.”


Applications were reviewed by the Mayoral Scholarship Committee with consideration given to the applicant’s personal higher learning goals, financial need and possible impediments to higher education.


The scholarship is a partnership with the Pocatello-Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce Foundation and is funded by contributions from Idaho Central Credit Union, D. L. Evans Bank, ISU Credit Union, Citizens Community Bank, The Bank of Commerce, and US Bank.


“This program would absolutely not be possible without administration from the Pocatello-Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce Foundation and contributions from our local financial institutions,” said the Mayor. “It’s inspiring to see our community come together to support these students with their higher learning goals.”


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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