Meadows will resign commission seat

Committee seeks three applicants for replacement

by Daniel Moore
Press staff writer

Power County Commissioner Vicki Meadows will submit her resignation letter on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Meadows and her husband, Bill, built a home just outside of County District #2, which she represents. According to state law, commissioners must live in the district they represent. She currently serves as the commission chair.

The Power County Democratic Central Committee intends to nominate three individuals to fill the vacancy. Governor Butch Otter will make the final decision on Meadows’ replacement. The committee wishes to make the nominations on or before Tuesday, Oct. 15.

Any qualified person interested in the position is encouraged to contact committee chair Gayle Cottam at 403-7017 or 226-5622, or by email at gaylecottam@yahoo.com on or before Wednesday, Sept. 25.

Qualifications include being 21 years of age or older, a U.S. citizen, a resident of Power County for at least one year prior to the appointment, a resident of District #2 for at least 90 days prior to the appointment and affiliated by voter registration with the Democratic Party.

District #2 encompasses the Rockland Valley and the southwest portion of American Falls.

“I’ve been in this community my whole life. I just want an opportunity to make it better,” Vicki Meadows told The Power County Press when she originally ran for election in 2002.

She repeated that idea with her resignation.

“I kind of got to a point where I wanted to do something for the community,” she said about running for the seat in the first place. She had finished raising her children, and it was a natural progression to run for county commissioner. Now it’s a natural progression to move on, into a new house, and work on being a grandma, she said.

“I think part of my job was to try and reflect the wishes of Power County,” she said. “I just wanted to do what the people wanted.

As a commissioner, Meadows and the rest of the commission oversaw the remodeling of the courthouse and the courthouse annex, a remodeling of the jail, an upgrade at the fairgrounds and the building of new radio towers for county entities.

She also worked on some state and regional issues that affected the county, like the personal property tax repeal and transmission line projects that threatened to crisscross the county.

“People may not believe it, but we are working on economic development” as well, Meadows said.

Still, Meadows doesn’t want a lot of attention for serving as a commissioner. “I came in without fanfare,” she said. “I hope to go out without it.”

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