Dave Bieter, Mayor of Boise
David H. Bieter was elected to a four-year term as Boise’s Mayor in 2003 and has made protecting the city’s livability the centerpiece of his administration.
Born and raised in Boise, Bieter is a graduate of Bishop Kelly High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in International Studies at The College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., before completing his Juris Doctorate at University of Idaho College of Law.
He gained expertise in municipal issues as civil counsel to Bonner County in Sandpoint, as civil prosecutor and land-use specialist in the Ada County Prosecutor’s Office, and later as a private attorney. He was chosen to assume his father’s seat in the Idaho House of Representatives after both of his parents, Pat and Eloise Bieter, were killed in an automobile accident in 1999. Voters elected him to full terms in the House in 2000 and again in 2002.
As mayor, Bieter created the first municipal ethics commission in Idaho. He succeeded in funding four new neighborhood libraries without any tax increase and oversaw the addition of more than 100 acres of new or developed parklands in 2006 alone. Bieter leads the countywide Blueprint for Good Growth and was the first mayor in Idaho to sign the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, committing Boise to reduce greenhouse emissions. Bieter has been married to his wife, Julia, since 1998. They have a daughter, Josie, born in 2005.
Tom Dale, Mayor of Nampa
Tom Dale was elected Mayor of Nampa on December 6, 2001 and took office in January, 2002. Before becoming Mayor, he served for six years on the Nampa City Council.
Mayor Dale has been a lifelong musician, motivational speaker, and educator. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Northwest Nazarene University, located in Nampa, and a Master’s Degree from the University of North Texas.
Mayor Tom Dale
His last assignment before becoming Mayor was director of music at Nampa Christian High School
Mayor Dale is a member of the board of the Association of Idaho Cities and has served in that capacity since 1996. Activities with A.I.C. include serving on the Policies and Procedures Committee and the Legislative Committee, which sets the agenda for AIC’s legislative issues each year.
With Nampa’s yearly growth rate of 8%, transportation and planning issues are a top priority for Mayor Dale. He is a board member of the regional transportation organizations – ValleyRide and COMPASS. As an active member of these organizations, Mayor Dale is helping shape the future growth and transportation in the greater Treasure Valley, while working to preserve Nampa’s quality of life.
Tammy de Weerd, Mayor of Meridian
Mayor Tammy de Weerd is in her fourth year as Mayor of Meridian, and has been an elected official for eight. During this time she has served on a number of regional boards and commissions.
She recently completed her term as Chair of the Community Planning Association of SW Idaho (COMPASS). She is a strong advocate for regional solutions on a number of issues that challenge our valley.
Her other regional/state involvements include the Treasure Valley Air Quality Council, Treasure Valley Partnership, Blueprint for Good Growth, Urban Land Institute, Boise Valley Economic Partnership, Association of Idaho Cities, Governor’s Coordinating Council for Families and Children, and many others.
Recognizing the city’s greatest asset, the talents of its people, she works along with the leaders of business, education, youth and the faith community. Tammy has been repeatedly recognized for her leadership roles and making a difference in the community. Her vision and coalition-building skills reflect her commitment to active partnerships between government and the private sector.
John Evans, Mayor of Garden City
John Evans grew up and was educated in the Midwest.
John and his wife, Judy, were married in 1969 and moved their family to Idaho in 1975 and to Garden City in 1988.
John has been in the residential real estate development business since 1985, with completed and ongoing projects in both Ada and Canyon Counties.
He was appointed to the Garden city Planning and Zoning Commission in 1992, was elected to the Garden City Council in 1996, and took office as the Mayor in January of 2006.
John is also the Board Chairman for Sage Community Resources, a not for profit organization that administers federal economic development funds to 10 southwest Idaho counties and serves on the Board of the Region III Area Agency on Aging.
Mayor Nate Mitchell, Star
Nate has served as Mayor of the City of Star since 2004. He is a graduate of the University of Idaho (yes, he is a Vandals fan) and is a US Army Veteran.
He was born and raised in rural Northern California and is from a family of Timber Fallers. When he was younger, he also joined the family in this vocation, making him the 5th generation to embark upon this line of work.
Nate Mitchell, Mayor of Star, Id
He enjoys bird hunting, fishing, golf and almost any outdoor activity. He and his wife Kelly have been married for 10 years and have a new little girl Abigail.
Serving as Mayor gives Nate the opportunity to “assist residents and businesses in reaching success, thereby making Star better as a whole. It is gratifying to watch the city grow towards prosperity together.”
Garret L. Nancolas, Mayor of Caldwell
Garret L. Nancolas is a native Idahoan who cherishes the beauty, quality of life, and outdoor opportunities afforded by this great state. He was born in Twin Falls, Idaho, October 9, 1956 and moving to Caldwell in 1961 where he has spent all but 13 months of the last 50 years.
In July of 1997 he ran for Mayor on a platform of teamwork, cooperation, community pride and vision to move this great City forward.
Since taking office in 1998, he has lived by the statement: “Teamwork – Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world”.
Garret has served as the First Vice President and President of the Association of Idaho Cites; two years as president of Sage Community Resources; First Chairman of Treasure Valley Regional Transportation Authority; First Vice President and President, Chairman of COMPASS.
Mayor Nancolas has a heart of compassion for the community of Caldwell and particularly its youth. As an example of his connecting with the youth is his successful effort to formulate a Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council for the purpose of bridging the gap between the community’s youth and civic leadership. This group has not only flourished under his guidance but they have gained nation-wide recognition as a success story and are frequently asked to share their accomplishments with other youth around the county.
Vicki Thurber, Mayor of Middleton
I was born and educated in Boise. We moved to Middleton in 1972. I have been involved with the City of Middleton since 1992, when I first became a member of Middleton Planning and Zoning Commission.
I have served a total of 8 years on Planning and Zoning. I served on Middleton City Council for 5 1⁄2 years. I was elected to my present position as Mayor in November of 2007. I also serve as secretary of Middleton Rural Fire District and as senior election judge of Precinct 29, Canyon County.
Vicki Thurber, Mayor
City of Middleton
Paul Woods, Ada County Commissioner
Paul Woods began serving as Ada County Commissioner in January 2007.
Paul joins his two fellow Commissioners in setting the County budget, managing Ada County’s 14 individual governmental departments, and ensuring the County’s various ordinance’s adequately meet the needs of Ada County citizens.
Paul began his career as a consulting civil engineer in 1986 where he worked in private practice on a wide variety of public and private infrastructure and engineering improvement projects. Paul’s engineering career gave him experience in a wide variety of industries.
After receiving his Masters Degree in Public Administration in 2000, Paul served as the Associate Director of the Environmental Finance Center where he worked with local governments throughout the northwest to finding funding solutions for water, wastewater, solid waste and open space challenges. This unique center is one of only 10 in the country that is designed to help local governments build better financial capacity for drinking water systems, wastewater systems, Brownfield redevelopment sites and watershed restoration.
In 2000 and 2001, Paul volunteered to chair the Boise Foothills Open Space fundraising campaign. Following the successful passage of the Foothills Levy in 2001, the City of Boise created a 12-member advisory committee appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council.
In January 2002, the City hired Paul to fill a newly created full-time position aimed at helping the advisory committee identify key foothills locations that were most critical for preservation.
John Bechtel, Mayor of Wilder
John Bechtel and his family traveled from Missouri to Caldwell, Idaho in 1949. He attended the Caldwell schools until I joining the Idaho Air National Guard in 1956.
Twelve of John’s seven years in the Air Guard were as a full time employee of the Guard. When he retired from full time employment with the Guard, he worked as a Plumbers helper, and then in 1979 went to work for Wilbur Ellis Chemical Company as a Chemical Formulator.
In 1976 John became a City Councilman for the City of Wilder, Idaho. Two years later he became Mayor and stayed as the Mayor of Wilder for six and one half years. John left public office for several years and then ran for Wilder City Council again and stayed on for about 15 years.
He again retired from public office until January of 2004 when he ran again for the Mayor of Wilder. His current term as Wilder’s Mayor ends in December of 2007.
John’s plans are to run for office again in November and hopefully stay as Mayor for at least another four years.
Past Members’ Biographies
Nancy C. Merrill, Mayor of Eagle
Nancy Merrill is a native Idahoan, she was appointed to the Planning and Zoning Commission serving between 1993 and 1995. In 1995 she was elected to the City Council and served two terms.
While serving on City Council she served as Council Liaison to the Design Review Board, Eagle’s Parks and Pathway Committee, Cultural Arts Committee, Historic Commission, and Legislative Chair for the Association of Idaho Cities and Ada County Sheriff.
Nancy Merrill, Mayor of Eagle
As Mayor she is currently serving as President of the Association of Idaho Cities Executive Board. She serves on the, Compass Executive Board and their Board of Directors, Blueprint for Good Growth Consortium and the Funding Committee, the Corridor Preservation Committee, Communities in Motion Steering Committee, Ada City-County Emergency Management, and is also a Boise Metro Chamber Board Member.
Nancy’s love and passion for her community and children is evident in her desire for enhancing and adding to the municipal park system. Park additions during her time as an elected official include Heritage Park, the Skateboard Park, Merrill Park, and Hill Road Park.