City of Troy
City of Firth
Term Expires in March 2019
City of New Plymouth
Region IV, At Large
Term Expires in March 2020
City of Iona
Board Member Eligibility
- All Board of Directors positions are for a two year term.
- No director is entitled to compensation except for reimbursement of reasonable expenses for Association business.
- No former Association employee whose employment has been terminated for cause shall be eligible for election to the Board of Directors.
- No person may become an employee if he/she is a member of the Board of Directors of IRWA or at least one hundred eighty-two (182) days has expired from the time he/she was last a member of the Board of Directors of IRWA.
Region I – Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Benewah, Shoshone, Latah, Clearwater, Lewis, Nez Perce and Idaho counties
Region II – Adams, Valley, Washington, Boise, Gem, Payette, Canyon, Elmore, Ada and Owyhee counties
Region III – Camas, Blaine, Butte, Gooding, Lincoln, Minidoka, Jerome, Twin Falls, Cassia, Lemhi and Custer counties
Region IV – Clark, Fremont, Jefferson, Madison, Teton, Bonneville, Bingham, Bannock, Caribou, Power, Oneida, Franklin and Bear Lake counties
At-large – Anywhere in Idaho
Duties of the Board of Directors
- To conduct and supervise the affairs of the Association, including the designation of committees.
- To take charge of and be responsible for the property of the Association’s finances and the proceedings of the Association.
- To initiate, supervise, and approve plans and programs designed to achieve the objectives and purposes of the Association.
- To implement policies, programs or plans adopted at the annual meeting of the members.
- To determine policies of the Association consistent with the objectives and purposes of the Association as set out in the Articles of Incorporation.
- To provide for and attend annual and special meetings of the Association.
- To arrange for the annual audit of the Association by a certified public accountant.
- To provide for the dissemination of information to the members and to the public, as may be needed to provide suitable publicity for the work and status of the Association.
Join the IRWA Board of Directors
If you’re interested in joining the IRWA Board of Directors, we’d love to hear from you! Our board members are vital to IRWA’s success, helping us achieve our mission of providing technical assistance, training, and a strong representative voice for the benefit of Idaho’s water and wastewater systems. We welcome fresh perspectives and your enthusiasm to get more involved with the Association.
Submitted Your Candidacy
To submit your candidacy, please download a Board of Directors Candidate Interest Form. Email the completed form and a candidate photo to firstname.lastname@example.org. Elections are held every March at our Annual Business Meeting, held during the Annual Spring Conference. Candidacy submissions are accepted as late as the Annual Business Meeting.
Advertise Your Candidacy
The Water Gram: If we receive your form by November 24th, your candidacy will be printed in the winter edition of our quarterly magazine and be posted on our website.
The IRWA Website: If we receive your form by February 28th, your candidacy will be posted on our website.
2018 Board of Directors Candidate Profiles
System representing: City of Troy
Title: Water Treatment Supervisor
Seat/region you are running for: Region I
I have worked in the water and wastewater industry for the past 25 years. I started with the City of Moscow as a water distribution operator and later transferred into water treatment. I have also worked with the wastewater collection people. I am currently certified as a Water Treatment Class III, Water Distribution Class III, and Wastewater Collections Class II. I am currently the Water Treatment Supervisor for the City of Moscow Water Department. I am a contract operator for four systems in my area and served the City of Troy as a Council member and the Water/Wastewater Commissioner for 16 years.
I have been happily married for 29 years and have raised four boys. Before I started my career in the water/wastewater field, I served in the U.S. Army for 8 years in Alaska, Europe, and the contiguous U.S. I have also served IRWA as a Board member for three terms. I would like to continue serving on the Board to help continue the success this great association has had. IRWA had a lot of great things to offer our operators in Idaho and I really like being a part of that. I believe my experience in the water and wastewater fields will help me in the decisions that we need to make as Board members. I truly believe that the best interest of our members must be taken into account on each and every decision. If it were not for our members and the need for assistance, education, and representation at the state and national levels, our positions would not be needed. IRWA is the top of the class when it comes to that and I will be proud to serve you again as a Board Member for Region I.
System representing: City of Worley
Title: City Clerk/Treasurer
Seat/region you are running for: Region I
I have worked for the City of Worley for 13 years. I have been a licensed operator for approximately 11 years. I also was RC operator at Cave Bay for a number of years. I now just consult with them. I trained my son to replace me at Cave Bay.
I think IRWA needs more representation in the northern part of the state and I think that I have a good reputation with the surrounding communities.
System representing: City of Buhl
Title: Water Superintendent
Seat/region you are running for: Region III
I was born and raised in Vermont. I joined the Navy right out of high school and retired after 20 years of service as a Chief Petty Officer. I settled in Buhl after my naval career and started working as a meter reader/water operator for Buhl in February 2005. In June 2013 I was promoted to Water Superintendent of Buhl (Class II arsenic removal treatment plant), and I hold Water Distribution Class II, Water Treatment Class II, and Backflow Assembly Tester licenses.
I am the Water Operator in charge at three other municipalities: Castleford (Class II arsenic removal treatment plant), Hollister, and Rogerson. I have a great understanding of what small communities are facing with aging water and wastewater systems, how to fund replacement/repair them, and how to save money. I was instrumental with Castleford’s $1.2 million wastewater upgrade, providing input to the engineering firm and contractors. I’ve reduced Buhl’s water budget by 18%, Rogerson’s by 21%, and Castleford’s by 9%. I am a strong supporter of IRWA career training. All personnel working with me have more than double the required CEUs and complete license requirements in the minimal amount of time.
Awards: Rogerson Water District won 2nd place in the 2015 National Great American Water Taste Test, Rick Stoltenburg (Buhl) won IRWA’s 2015 Rookie of the Year, Victor Keene (Castleford) won IRWA’s 2015 Wastewater Operator of the Year.
I am here to serve! I believe that IRWA is a vital component for the water and wastewater industries. Formal classroom training and IRWA Support Services are valuable resources. I want to keep it that way. I bring to the Board not just one place of experience but four. I operate four municipalities’ water systems in Region III. It would be an honor to serve on the IRWA Board of Directors.
System representing: City of Firth
Title: Public Works Director
Seat/region you are running for: Region IV
The City of Firth has trusted me to serve as the Public Works Director for 43 years. Firth has a population of 500 with 159 service connections. In my role as Public Works Director, I serve as the water operator (Class I Treatment) and sewer operator (Class I Treatment, Class I Collections) as well as City Clerk. I also provide the services of garbage collection and street and parks maintenance.
I have had the privilege to serve on the IRWA Board of Directors for 12 years as Secretary/Treasurer. During this time, I have witnessed a lot of change, all of which has helped move the Association forward. Presently, the IRWA Board is pursuing a number of programs to help Idaho’s water and wastewater systems. I would like to see the good ideas get off the ground and begin to benefit Idaho’s systems. I believe small systems like the City of Firth need to hold a voice on the IRWA Board of Directors.
Brad D. Andersen
System representing: INL
Seat/region you are running for: At-large
My name is Brad Andersen and I am running for the Idaho Rural Water Association Board of Directors. I have been on the Board for the past few years and would love to continue serving the membership of Idaho Rural Water.
Some of my experience that I feel qualifies me to represent you on the Board of Directors are as follows.
I have worked at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) for 25 + years as the Drinking Water Program Manager, overseeing the water systems at the INL and being their licensed drinking water operator. For the past 17 years, I have had a drinking water business where I do the sampling and reporting for approximately 40 small water systems. A few years ago, I was appointed by Governor Otter to the State of Idaho Water and Wastewater Board, where I can be a voice for Idaho Rural Water Association and the water operators of Idaho. Also, for the past 10 + years I have been teaching drinking water and cross connection classes for Idaho Rural Water.
I am a licensed drinking water operator and a licensed backflow tester. In addition, I received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Health from Brigham Young University and a Masters in Environmental Science from the University of Idaho.
It would be an honor to be re-elected to the Board of Directors serving my fellow operators. I consider the operators and members of Idaho Rural Water Association as the salt of the world. You are all down-to-earth people and I enjoy knowing and working with you all.
2018 Annual Business Meeting Documents
If you are unable to attend the 2018 Annual Business Meeting on March 21st in Boise, you can still make your voice heard! Please find a letter from the IRWA Board President, Bruce Evans, explaining your voting rights and process below. You will also find an Absentee Ballot Form, Voter Delegate Registration Form, and the 2017 Membership Report. Absentee Ballot Forms will be accepted through March 9, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact the IRWA office at (208) 343-7001 or email@example.com.
Proposed By-Law Changes
IRWA is working on updating its by-laws. We value the input of our members, and invite you to review the proposed changes below. The proposed changes will be voted on by System Member Voter Delegates at the 2018 Annual Business Meeting on March 21st at the Riverside Hotel in Boise, ID.