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Friday, June 08, 2012
ACHD Commissioners choose Mitchell Jaurena for open seat

Garden City – Mitchell A. Jaurena, a retired U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel and local businessman, was sworn into office Friday as the newest member of the Ada County Highway District Commission.

Jaurena, 56, replaces Dave Case, who took over an open seat on the Ada County Commission last week and vacated his ACHD seat. Jaurena ("how-ray-na") was one of six candidates competing for the open Subdistrict 4 seat in the 2010 election won by Case.

"It is an honor to be selected," he said. "I will strive to attain the high standards set by the Commission and pledge to honestly and diligently represent the voters of Subdistrict 4 and the citizens of Ada County."

As part of a 21-year career in the Marines, Jaurena managed environmental affairs for the Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar, California and served as the U.S. Navy’s Sixth Fleet liaison to Spain. After retirement from the Marines, he became a field manager for the Bureau of Land Management, overseeing four million acres of public land. In 2007, he co-founded Land Use Professionals, a firm that specializes in environmental compliance consulting. Jaurena also served as the Idaho Division of Veterans Services’ project coordinator for the effort that culminated in the Idaho Veterans Cemetery.

ACHD President Rebecca Arnold said Jaurena rose to the top of a distinguished list of applicants.

"Mitchell has an impressive resume, given his career in the Marines, his productive, post-military career and his experience running a small business," Arnold said. "The fact that he stayed interested two years later also spoke of his genuine enthusiasm for the job."

Jaurena will assume the remainder of Case’s unexpired term, which runs through 2014, representing Subdistrict 4, which encompasses most of the county south of Interstate 84.

ACHD Commissioners set policy for the District, the only countywide highway agency in Idaho, which serves all of the residents of Ada County, including those living within cities. The compensation for the part-time post is a monthly stipend of $1,686. The Commissioners generally meet on the first four Wednesdays of each month, excluding holidays.

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