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Letter from the President:
I would like to introduce myself for those of you who have not met me. I have worked over 25 years for the largest property and casualty insurance company in the United States. A long time ago, for a short time, worked for the Boise Police Department. I always had an interest in investigating fires with an educational background in Criminal Justice Administration.
When I took my current position and moved back to Idaho Falls, I ran into an old friend, Don Bailey, who was working for the Idaho State Fire Marshal’s office. Mr. Bailey worked with my wife when he was with the Ada County Sheriff’s office many years ago. We struck up a friendship while digging through a few questionable fire losses. He introduced me to the several local fire investigators including Terry Edwards, Ken Anderson, Mike Sheets (rip), among others. He also invited me to apply for membership with the Idaho Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators. At either, my second or third meeting, Terry Edwards (a life time member) was the President and he twisted my arm to assist him as his “Executive Director”. I then became involved as a member of the Board of Directors for several years.
To my surprise, I was asked to consider a move up on the Board into the “leadership line”. I cannot say enough about the outgoing President Kevin Conran what a great leader he has been. There were challenging situations last year and it was hard to pull off the 2013 meeting notwithstanding several cancelations of instructors. Much to his credit, with help of others, we had a great fall conference. He missed the conference because he is an incredible family man and stayed home to care for his son! We all know the conference does not happen without a lot of work from the local people, the members, and the board. I personally thank them.
A special thanks to those who offered their “CVs” and were grilled on the “stand”. The Fire Modeling training was also eye opening. All of the training was awesome we can only hope to match it this year in the Boise Valley. Make your plans for the first week of November. We have the venue reserved and are quickly locking in the instructors.
As the president, I want to thank those of you who served as board members and new board members. I hope all of you feel free to contact me with question, concerns to give me advice or to correct any missteps I may have.