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A trio of familiar faces are officially back behind the dais in the Pocatello City Council chambers.
At Thursday’s meeting, Roger Bray, Steve Brown, and Jim Johnston were sworn in to their positions with the Oath of Office administered by City Clerk Ruth Whitworth.
“What a great honor to be elected to serve as a member of the Pocatello City Council,” said Councilman Jim Johnston. “I consider this a sacred trust and I pledge my total effort to work for the betterment of our community and its citizens. Everyone deserves responsible representation at all levels of government. Closest to home, city hall should be the most responsive to our needs. My number one goal is to help everyone feel that this is their city council and that we listen. I love Pocatello and I know that there is give and compromise on some issues and planning. I pledge to support all efforts to help this community to become even a better place to live. I will work to make the community more inviting and safe. I will work to make Pocatello economically solid and the City to be fiscally responsible.”
"I am pleased to continue my good working relationship with Mayor Blad and this Council,” said Councilman Steve Brown. “I look forward to carrying on with the budget restructuring process and ensuring our city is as efficient as possible while delivering the high quality services we have come to expect."
“I believe the people of Pocatello want to know more about how their tax dollars are being used,” said Councilman Roger Bray. “I will work to make sure that the city is more transparent about how the city funds have been used and will be used. We are going to struggle to develop our budgets for the next few years. In an effort to try to keep our tax rates down, I will work to make sure that the city is doing everything it can to develop our economy. The loss of Heinz and Farmers is a sobering reminder that it takes constant effort to secure existing jobs and recruit new living wage jobs that produce a prosperous community.”
Following the swearing in, Councilman Steve Brown was elected Council President. The Council President serves as the head of the City Council and helps represent the City at various events. Brown will also be called upon to serve as Acting Mayor when the Mayor is unavailable.
The meeting was also the last for Councilwoman Eva Nye. Nye had served on the council since 2002.
“During the past, we have accomplished much,” said Councilwoman Nye. “I am most proud of being an advocate for curbside recycling and working with dedicated staff and volunteers to pass the bond that enabled us to have a much needed shelter for our animals. I will always be proud of the work done by the members of the Human Relations Advisory Committee and the involvement of citizens in the passage of our non-discrimination ordinance for our diverse population. I am also happy to see that South Valley Road is now complete. Thank you for the chance to serve and while I may be retiring from the City Council, I will always be involved in the city I call home.”