2022 Pocatello City Council

Thursday night, Pocatello's mayor and three city council members were sworn in.

Mayor Brian Blad and council members Rick Cheatum and Linda Leeuwrik were re-elected and sworn in at the council meeting.

New to the council and also sworn in was Josh Mansfield, who takes the seat of outgoing Council President Heidi Adamson.

Rick Cheatum was unanimously voted the new council president at Thursday's meeting. 

After the swearing in ceremony, Mayor Blad gave the 2022 State of the City Address. 

In it, he highlighted some of the city's accomplishments in 2021, such as economic growth, improvements to Zoo Idaho and the Halliwell ball field, acquiring new wildland fire engines, and adding more police personnel and equipment.

One of the city's most noted achievements for 2021 was unveiling Idaho's only Gold Star Families Memorial, which honors fallen service members. 

Blad also talked about the outlook for 2022, including two new hangers and an origami art exhibit coming to the Pocatello Airport this year. 

The Pocatello Police Department will also be adding a full-time Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Officer to help better protect the community's children online. 

Blad said he's proud of where the city is at - and he credited all city staff for its success. 

"You don't get better or more dedicated employees," Blad said. "And I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to work with them and see what they do and how they take care of the city. A big thank you to them. I want you to know the City of Pocatello is in a very good position as we move forward into 2022 and beyond. I'm excited what we bring this next year and I'm grateful for the opportunity to serve this community and serve with this council on this dais right now."

You can read the full State of the City address here. 

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