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January 7, 2016 will mark the end of Eva Nye’s service on the Pocatello City Council.
The Councilwoman’s final meeting will be held that night at 6 p.m. Preceding her final meeting will be a public open house at City Hall, 911 N. 7th Ave., at 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. to honor the outgoing Councilwoman. The event will feature refreshments and a short program.
“It has been my privilege to serve the citizens of Pocatello as your City Council member for fourteen years,” said Nye. “During that time I learned the intricate workings of city government and how important the job is. Keeping the city progressive and maintaining infrastructure for growth while being fiscally responsible and aware of the importance of holding the line on taxes has been rewarding.”
Nye has served on the council since July 11, 2002 and here’s what her fellow members behind the dais had to say about their time serving with her.
“It’s been my pleasure to serve with Eva these past six years,” said Mayor Brian Blad. “She’s shown great leadership and has always done what she felt was best for our community. Pocatello wouldn’t be where it is today without her.”
“Councilwoman Nye has been a pleasure to serve with on the Council and I’ve very much enjoyed my time with her,” said Council President Craig Cooper. “When she tackles an issue she believes in, I feel there is no one who can match her persistence and resolve. She has truly been an asset to the Council and the City of Pocatello.”
“Eva has always been a leader and decision maker on the Council,” said Councilman Gary Moore. “She is able to make tough decisions while being considerate of others and many good things have been accomplished because of her service on the Council.”
“For the past five years, I have sat next to Eva and I have admired her quiet but strong personality,” Councilman Steve Brown said. “She has always conducted the affairs of this city with the intent on doing what was best for the people of Pocatello. As a new council member, I appreciated her patience as I learned the complexities of city governing. We may not have always agreed to the business at hand but I found her insight and wisdom to be vital in the legislative process. I am honored to have served by her side and am thankful to be able to call her my friend.”
“What a great experience it has been to serve on the City Council with Eva Johnson Nye,” said Councilman Jim Johnston. “It has also been wonderful to have watched her success in the community for many years before city hall. She is always on her best game. She is sharp, full of life and very competitive. There is no need to guess where Eva stands on any issue. She is always consistent with what she says and does. We did not always agree on every issue but we both felt we voted for what was in the best interest of the people that we represent. This has helped make better government in Pocatello.”
“Eva is a passionate individual and she has always offered a very distinct insight into the issues facing the City,” Councilman Michael Orr said. “One subject that has always been her ‘baby’ is the Animal Shelter and I know she has kept that cause near to her heart since I have served with her. I sincerely believe she will be missed.”
“Eva has distinguished herself as a voice of reason and awareness during her time on the Council,” said Councilman-elect Roger Bray. “Through all the years she has served, Eva has focused on making Pocatello a better place to live. She has been an advocate on a wide range of issues and put people first and foremost. She was the key compassionate voice on behalf of developing our animal shelter. She has elevated and emphasized the role that education holds in strengthening our community, particularly Idaho State University. She has brought a keen business acumen, experience, and knowledge to the city's overtures to retain exiting businesses and to expand our economy. She knows how to navigate the troubled waters of being financially restrained and being sensitive to our greatest needs. Pocatello has benefited greatly from her work, her knowledge, and above all her passion to invest herself in serving the people of our community.”
The January 7 meeting will also feature the swearing in of new councilmembers, election of a new Council President, and the State of the City address.