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April 27, 2021


  • The study commission has been finalized and names have been announced.
  • Each commissioner chose 3 people plus 1 alternate.
  • No meeting has been added to the calendar at this time.

Nine members plus 3 alternates of "key stakeholders"

Yesterday the County Commissioners finally chose their nine people to form the Alternative Forms of Government Study Commission. If you remember there have been fireworks since the very beginning in October, and the drama hasn’t stopped since then. Everyone got to a point in the dramatics that finally it was decided that each commissioner would choose three people plus an alternate...and we finally know who those choses are.
Below is the list; please note that this is NOT the final spelling of everyone’s names. You’ll have to deal with my phonetically challenged spelling until they post the list online. :D
Bill Brooks

  • Brian J. Cleary, Attorney
  • Bob Fish, Community Network Library board member
  • Kristen Wing – Retired health professional
  • Alt: Joan Genter – County airport advisory board member

Chris Fillios

  • Dave Botting
  • Dave Levine – Chairman of the Kootenai County Planning Commission
  • Phil Ward – Retired land planning consultant and former county government administrator
  • Alt: Dr. Cheri Zao – Heritage Health Board member and former biology professor at NIC

Leslie Duncan

  • Kurt Andersen
  • Tamara Bateson
  • Bryant Bushling – Kootenai County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • Alt: Bruce Mattare – CEO of NCD Financial, campaign manager for (now) Sheriff Bob Norris.

Once this list, the spelling, and backgrounds of members are confirmed and announced by the county, I will post it on Facebook and Telegram.
To see everything that has happened thus far in the Optional Forms of Government arena, Kootenai County has made it very easy (and transparent) and put together a page to hold everything. I am going to assume that when this above list is 100% confirmed/announced they will add a link to that video or announcement. There was to be a livestream of the meeting, but technology went haywire and it cut off after 7 minutes. The Communications Director Nancy Jones told us that she will be uploading the video to their YouTube page soon.

Optional Forms of Government Advisory Board page
YouTube page
Latest version of the study bylaws

Now that the commission has been announced, expect the first meeting to be put on the calendar soon. This will be an open meeting where public can attend so be on the lookout for the next round of this clown show to start soon!

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