By Cameron Rasmusson
As the newly appointed District One director for the Association of Idaho Cities, Sandpoint Mayor Shelby Rognstad will have a hand in planning policies that influence city life across the state.
Elected to the position earlier this month, Rognstad will represent a large chunk of the Idaho Panhandle for the non-partisan, non-profit organization. Along with directors from the other six districts, he’ll lobby the Legislature for policies that benefit Idaho cities, help plan training events for Idaho elected officials and city staff and contribute to the organization’s management.
“I’d like to do my part to help the organization move in the right direction in fiscal responsibility and improve upon their already very effective (programs),” Rognstad said.
Rognstad was elected and took the oath of office on June 22 during the 70th AIC Annual Conference in Boise, an event attended by more than 400 delegates representing cities from around the state. It’s a conference that reaches back to the infancy of the AIC, which was founded in 1947 to provide Idaho cities the resources, services and training they might not be able to afford alone.
“I’m looking forward to just continuing to have a positive impact on state policies,” Rognstad said. “I think that in short time I’ve been involved in past few years I’ve seen great improvements.”