Jeff A. Connolly
Profession: Mayor of Priest River
Educational background: High School graduate
How many years as a Bonner County resident: 65
Marital status: Married
Family: Daughter & Son, each with a daughter & son
- To continue to provide staff support and the tools to accomplish the goals set forth for the city. To organize the structure of the city and focus on customer service.
- Growth – ensuring the city has adequate infrastructure to accommodate growth.
- Inflation – trying to keep the pay and benefits on par with the market.
- Employees – hiring and retaining qualified employees in a very tough market
- Update the city’s Comprehensive Plan. The last update was in 2013, so the issues over the last 10 years need to be addressed.
- Work with the Idaho legislators to better understand the pressures put on all entities to accommodate rapid growth.
- Be creative about being more efficient, allowing higher wages due to increased productivity.
- I think this is a little tricky. It’s sometimes hard for the public to understand all the codes and laws that prevent the city from making certain decisions. I always strive to do the best I can to explain the situation and hope they leave with a greater understanding of why certain decisions were made and what the city is dealing with.
- Yes, I think the council and mayor are doing a good job of balancing the demands of growth and the needs of the citizens that are already here.
- Growth is the biggest issue we have. Rewriting and updating the city’s Comprehensive Plan is a very important way of steering growth in the direction that best addresses the needs and wants of the community.
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- To somehow try to address the issue of spreading deliberate misinformation. This is the biggest problem I see with the discourse within the county and cities.
- The beauty of where we live and the people in the community.
- Hang out with family, hunt, and play golf.
- I would have to say that I never make a decision before hearing both sides of any argument. That being said, yes, I have changed my opinion after hearing both sides of the argument.
- My father, even though he passed almost 20 years ago. I find myself looking back on the lessons and guidance he provided. He instilled the values I use every day.
- Honestly, if you always have the city’s best interest as your first priority, the rest is easy.
- Do you have the time to do the job, and are you willing to commit yourself to the tasks expected of you?
- I have 15 years of service on the Priest River City Council, 6 years of service as a Bonner County Commissioner, and 10 months of service as interim Priest River Mayor, so I have the knowledge and experience to do the job.