Paul Woods will be the president of the Ada County Highway District for 2017, appointed by a vote of the ACHD Commission on Wednesday. "I want to thank the Commission for the honor of serving as president," Woods said. The president is chosen annually by the commissioners to lead the District and to set the commission meeting agenda, among other duties. In addition to choosing the president, commissioners also elected Rebecca Arnold as vice president. Arnold will serve as president in the case of Woods' absence.
Before the meeting, Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little, Idaho House Majority Leader Mike Moyle and Idaho Supreme Court Justice Joel Horton administered the oath of office to Arnold, Commissioner Sara Baker and Commissioner Jim Hansen, respectively. Arnold, Baker and Hansen were re-elected to new, four-year terms in November. ACHD is the only countywide highway district in Idaho, established in 1971 as an independent government entity by a vote of the people. ACHD covers the entire county, including the six cities within it, and is responsible for the maintenance and improvements to Ada County's local transportation infrastructure. The District is responsible for more than 2,265 miles of roads, bridges and intersections with an estimated value of $3 billion.