Commission Members

Jerry Baltzell, Chairman

Appointed:  August 2008
Term Ends:  December 2018

Jerry is a graduate of Everett (WA) Community College, and also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Lewis-Clark State College.  He is a 34 year veteran with the Washington Air National Guard, retiring as a Lt Col and commander of the 141st Support Group.  Following retirement, Jerry served for several years as the Executive Director for the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and most recently as the Business Manager for the University of Idaho’s CAMBR Research facility in Post Falls.  Jerry is a long time resident of Kootenai County and has lived in Post Falls since 1993.

 

Larry Carstensen, Vice-Chair

Appointed:  January 2007
Term Ends:  December 2021

Larry is originally from SW Minnesota, received an AA degree in electronics and taught at a community college in Minnesota. He is an 8 year USAF/Vietnam veteran and also served for 5 years in the MN National Guard. He worked as a sales manager for a farm supply company and owned his own business for 12 years prior to returning to Idaho.  Larry served as a Pipestone County Commissioner during the time he owned his business.

 

Len Crosby, Treasurer

Appointed:  January 2014
Term Ends:  December 2018

Len is a graduate of University of Mississippi with a BA in History and English, Northern Illinois University with a MA in Educational Administration and the University of West Virginia with an MBA in Business Administration.  Len did post-graduate work at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in real estate finance.  Len is Vice President of Community 1st Bank, and has over 40 years of experience in real estate finance and development.  Len serves on the Board of the Idaho Bond Bank Authority and the Idaho Credit Rating Enhancement Committee.  He also serves on the Boards of Heritage Health, the Boys and Girls Club of Kootenai County, Kootenai Electric Trust, the Legislative Committee of the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry and Kootenai Bridge Academy (Charter School Board of Directors).  Len is the Co-Chair of the Post Falls Chamber of Commerce’s Public Policy Committee and is active in several veterans’ organizations.

Len is an advocate of transparency and the prudent use of the public funds.  He favors the use of Urban Renewal to enhance job creation and support the expansion of the local economy.  Len has been a resident of Post Falls since 1999.

Collin Coles

Appointed:  January 2013
Term Ends:  December 2017

Collin received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Idaho in 1978.  He worked for the City of Post Falls and Kootenai County and is a retired City Planner.  He continues to do consulting work for the City of Kellogg.

Collin and his family have lived in Post Falls for over 40 years.  He is currently a member of the Kootenai County Planning Commission.

Tom Malzahn

Appointed:  January 2015
Term Ends:  December 2017

Tom Malzahn retired in January 2015 after 14 years as Kootenai County Treasurer and 4 years as Chief Deputy Treasurer.  He served in the United States Marine Corps for 20 years prior to that.  Tom's current involvement in the Post Falls community includes Rotary and Community Volunteers.  He has also been a member of the Lions Club and Chamber of Commerce.  Having been a resident of Post Falls with his wife Cathy for the past 21 years, Tom looks forward to being involved with Urban Renewal to assist the City with economic development.  He feels that Post Falls needs to have a balanced growth between residential and industrial and looks forward to the opportunity to assist with balancing that growth.

Rich Houser

Appointed:  July 2016
Term Ends:  December 2018

Rich Houser has served as the Chief Deputy Assesor for Kootenai County since January 2003.  He has been working in the appraisal field since 1986 and is a member of the International Association of Assessing Officers, the Idaho Association of Assessment Personnel and the International Proval Users Group.  Rich is an active member in the Post Falls Lions Club, Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club of Kootenai County, Founding members of the River City Leadership Academy, Post Falls Chamber of Commerce "Public Policy Committee" and Kootenai Perspectives.

Rich has lived in Kootenai County since 1984.  He and his wife, Pam moved to Post Falls in 2005 and have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

Jame' Davis

Appointed:  August 2015
Term Ends:  December 2021

Jame` Davis brings a strong background in economic development, business administration, and public service to the Post Falls Urban Renewal Commission. Jame` is an economic development specialist for the area economic development corporation, Jobs Plus.  She serves as a Parks and Recreation Commissioner, President of the Rotary Club of Post Falls, Vice President for the Post Falls Library Foundation, and serves on the Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center and Post Falls Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.  Jame` is a Lewis Clark State College Alumni, River City Leadership Academy Alumni, and native Idahoan. She and her family are passionate about improving their community, and helping to provide better opportunities for our future generations.

Jame` and her husband, Ryan moved to Post Falls in 2006 with their two children, Emily and Sam.

Diane Fountain, Executive Director

Diane was born and raised in Coeur d'Alene.  She has was hired as Executive Assistant for the Agency in November, 2009, served as Interim Executive Director from June, 2016 to April of 2017 when she was promoted to Executive Director.

Diane also serves as Commissioner for Lakes Highway District.  In 2015 she was the first woman in Kootenai County to be elected Commissioner of a highway district .

She and her husband, Jeff have 2 children and 3 grandchildren.

Pete Bredeson, Legal Counsel

Pete is a graduate of Coeur d'Alene High School and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Montana State University-Billings in 1997. He later attended the University of Montana School of Law, receiving his Juris Doctorate degree in 2001. In 2009, he founded Bredeson Law Group. Pete and his family reside in Coeur d’Alene.

Monthly Workshops

Workshops are held monthly on Wednesday one week prior to the Full Commission Meeting.  The purpose of the workshop is  to review and discuss activities of the Agency and upcoming Agenda items with all the Commissioners as opposed to individual committee meetings.  The standing committees will meet on an as needed basis.

Standing Committees of the Post Falls Urban Renewal Agency

Committees serve the purpose of streamlining processes of the PFURA.  While all final decisions are made by the entire Commission, the Agency's decisions are supported by the research and recommendations from the following standing committees:

Finance and Policy Committee (Meets as Chair determines)

Initiate and be the clearing house for all Agency policies, handle investments, financing proposals, allocation of tax increments, interface with other taxing districts, oversight of recovery of Occupancy Tax from prior years and related matters. Task Forces are encouraged.

Members:

  • Len Crosby, Chair
  • Rich Houser, Member
  • Tom Malzahn, Member

District Review Committee (Meets as Chair determines)

Focus on review and evaluation of all existing Districts. Develop and oversee Small User Program and consider Agency initiatives in existing districts. Committee will also be focal point for the Agency’s East Post Falls District. Committee will interface with City Center Committee in evaluating that District. Use of Task Forces is encouraged.

Members:

  • Collin Coles, Chair
  • Jame' Davis, Member
  • Larry Carstensen, Member

Communication, Property & Personnel Committee (Meets as Chair determines)

Focus on quarterly evaluation of staff, Benefits program for next FY, benefits and pay package for staff, logistical needs including FF&E and office space. Committee will also focus on communication plan. Committee interfaces with Finance Committee on funding issues. Task Forces as deemed appropriate (benefits, insurance, communication, etc.)

Members:

  • Larry Carstensen, Chair
  • Collin Coles, Member
  • Jame' Davis, Member

Special Projects & Programs Committee (Meets on an as-needed basis as the Agency Chairman determines)

Subcommittee:  3-on-3

Comprised of three Commission members and three City Council members, the focus will be on communication with the City of Post Falls, new program development, Agency initiatives and  demonstration projects. Committee will make extensive use of Task Forces.


 

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