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AIC Highlights Noteworthy People

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

 

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

 

Boise Police Chief Ryan Lee took the official oath of office today in a small ceremony at City Hall. During the ceremony, Chief Lee spoke about Boise’s decades long commitment to community policing and his goals of continuing those efforts while leading the department into its next chapter.

 

“The Boise Police Department has been a true example of how community policing should work. Its liaison officers, refugee outreach, citizen advisory panels, civilian responders, and mental health response programs are just a few examples of the way Boise Police officers work with the community to problem solve. I look forward to taking those practices into the future and building stronger relationships with other marginalized populations,” said Chief Ryan Lee.  “I also have great expectations when it comes to accountability and data collection and I am eager to be part of a department that makes its community proud.”

 

Chief Ryan Lee comes to Boise after serving in Portland, Oregon for nearly 20 years, climbing the ranks from Officer to Assistant Chief of Police.

 

“It is my strong desire that people in Boise continue to feel a partnership with their police department. I have watched as other northwest cities have grown and believe I can help connect the different voices and ideas that are out there to ensure Boise grows carefully and can maintain the important characteristics that make Boise great,” said Chief Lee

 

Former CDA Councilman Chris Copstead dies at 71.

 

Chris Copstead, who served eight years on the Coeur d’Alene City Council, died Monday after a long battle with leukemia and complications from COVID-19.

 

He was 71.

 

“Chris had the heart of a lion and was a strong advocate for trails, parks and recreation,” wrote Mike Gridley, Coeur d’Alene city attorney. “Coeur d’Alene would not have the great trail system that we enjoy today without the efforts of Chris and his peers. He was a good man and I’ll miss his quick smile and sense of humor.”

 

Gridley and Copstead put in many miles together on bikes.

 

“He was an excellent council member who was not afraid to speak up but who also was a team player,” Gridley said. “I can picture Chris somewhere in Heaven leading a paceline of cyclists saying, ‘Come on let’s go faster.’

 

Lewiston firefighter Doug Jones will retire today from the Lewiston Fire Department.

 

Jones began his career as a reserve firefighter in February 1992. He was hired as a full-time firefighter in April 1997, Lewiston Fire Chief Travis Myklebust said.

 

“Doug has always been known as a hard worker, as well as an excellent cook,” Myklebust said. “He will be greatly missed, and his fire family wishes him the very best with his retirement.”

 

The Lewiston Fire Department promoted Willie Wicks to the rank of captain.

 

Wicks was assigned to Station 4, near the Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport. He began his career as a part-time reserve firefighter in 2001, and was promoted to a full-time firefighter in 2006 and engineer in 2013, Lewiston Fire Chief Travis Myklebust said.

 

Wicks has served as a paramedic since 2009 and as a member of the hazmat team for many years. He also serves as the department ice rescue instructor and has numerous certifications in technical rescue.

 

“Willie lives our mission and core values every day and will be an outstanding company officer for the department,” Myklebust said.

 

As a senior firefighter in the department, Jones frequently worked at the airport station as a move-up engineer. He was certified as an aircraft rescue firefighting responder for 18 out of his 28 years with the department.

 

A longtime Boise city staffer, Jade Riley, will serve as Ketchum’s next city administrator, Ketchum officials.

 

The city of Ketchum has lifted a hiring freeze to hire Jade Riley, current chief operating officer for the city of Boise, to take over the role of Ketchum city administrator for current administrator Suzanne Frick. Frick will shift to the position of director of planning and building and executive director of the city’s Urban Renewal Agency.

 

Riley begins his new position in Ketchum on Aug. 31, according to a press release from the city of Boise.

 

Prior to becoming Boise’s chief operating officer under Mayor Lauren McLean in January, Riley worked for 16 years as chief of staff for former Boise mayor Dave Bieter.

 

“Jade has been an integral part of the City of Boise for many years and has played a vital role in the operations of the city,” McLean said in a press release. “It isn’t every day you get to work with someone that has the knowledge, passion and sense of humor that Jade has. He will be greatly missed here, both in our organization and in our community. Ketchum is lucky to have him.”

 

On July 7, the mayor of Driggs named Dr. Tristan Taylor as his choice to replace council member Wade Kaufman, who stepped down in May after moving out of the Driggs jurisdiction.

Taylor is a south Driggs resident and a dentist at Mountain River Dental in Victor. Originally from Alpine, Utah, he attended BYU before moving to Oklahoma for graduate school and dental training. In 2013 he relocated with his family to Teton Valley to take over the Mountain River practice.

 

“We absolutely love living here,” Taylor said. “It reminds me of where I grew up, and I wanted my kids to have the same experience growing up that I did. We were looking for a smaller community in the mountains and Driggs fit that description very well. We count ourselves fortunate to be here.”

 

“Tristan is very thoughtful, considered, and objective in his decision processes,” Mayor Hyrum Johnson told the Teton Valley News. “I’m happy to have representation from a different part of the city, and have been impressed with his demeanor and thoughtful approach. I believe he will be an excellent addition to the city council.”

 

Walt Femling, director of public safety in Sun Valley since 2017, was promoted to the city’s vacant position of city administrator during a City Council meeting Thursday.

 

Mayor Peter Hendricks appointed Femling to the position on June 1, though state law required ratification by the City Council. The position of Public Safety Director will be eliminated.

 

Femling served as Blaine County sheriff six times between 1986 and 2008 and as Sun Valley’s chief of police for four years beginning in September 2013.

 

“He has been instrumental in the Sun Valley Police and Fire departments as well as the city’s contract for operation and management of Ketchum Rural Fire Department,” Hendricks said during Thursday’s meeting. “Walt’s dedication to excellence and building the departments and leaders, to raising all who work with him to his high standards reflects on his unequaled commitment to his public service responsibilities. He is a most valuable asset of the city and we are fortunate to have him.”

 

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 pgrover@idahocities.org or fax 344-8677.

 


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