Officials step up for transparency

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  • McDowell

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    Christensen

  • 2

    Eubanks

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    Houser

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    Miller

  • 5

    Brodie

  • McDowell

  • 1

    Christensen

  • 2

    Eubanks

  • 3

    Houser

  • 4

    Miller

  • 5

    Brodie

The following politicians are doing their part to promote transparency despite an Idaho House committee’s refusal to require elected officials to publicly list their financial interests. Idaho and Michigan are the only states that do not require this minimal disclosure.

“Thanks for keeping the light on,” Graham Christensen, chair of the Eastside Highway District board, wrote to The Press. “It’s important to know this basic information about elected officials.”

The Press will continue to publish voluntary financial disclosures from elected officials as they’re submitted. The disclosures are meant to alert citizens to potential areas where conflicts of interest could arise. All elected holders of city, county and state offices from Kootenai County are encouraged to follow the format below, emailing their information to Editor Mike Patrick: mpatrick@cdapress.com

MIKE McDOWELL

Kootenai County Assessor

Employer: Kootenai County

Entities paying me over $5,000 per year: Kootenai County, and Gaine-McDowell, LLC (investment consortium)

Other Organization Involvement: St. Vincent de Paul, Treasurer, Coeur d’Alene Park and Recreation Commission, Vice Chair, Idaho Association of Counties member of Board of Directors, Coeur d’Alene Public Golf Club, member of Board of Directors.

Spouse: Kathy McDowell, an independent insurance agent with Pacific Crest Insurance.

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GRAHAM CHRISTENSEN

Chair, Eastside Highway District board

Primary Employer: Harmony House Assisted Living, Owner

Entities paying $5,000 or more annually:

Harmony House Assisted Living,

Eastside Highway District as commissioner

Boards: Eastside Highway District

Spouse: Jenifer Christensen who is also Owner and Administrator of Harmony

House Assisted Living

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DAVID EUBANKS

Trustee, Coeur d’Alene School Board

Employer: Retired

Entities paying $5,000 or more annually:

Social Security

Two pensions — 43 years in education/ retired

Farm income — mostly Christmas trees

Boards:

Coeur d’Alene School Board trustee

Panhandle Kiwanis Club president

Wife: Sherrie — CFH income — caregiver/four special needs adults

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RICHARD HOUSER

Commissioner, Post Falls Urban Renewal Agency

Employment: Kootenai County Chief Deputy Assessor

Entities paying me over $5,000 per year: Kootenai County

Other Organization Involvement:

• Post Falls Urban Renewal Agency Commissioner (volunteer position)

• Boys & Girls Club of Kootenai County board of directors

• Jobs+ Action Committee (aka Kootenai Perspectives)

• Post Falls Lions Club

• Post Falls Community Volunteers

• Republican Precinct Committeeman Precinct 31.

Spouse: Pam Houser, employed by Heritage Health

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KIKI MILLER

Member, Coeur d’Alene City Council

Primary Employer and Job Title:

Kagey Company, Inc., President/Owner

Other entities owned or officer:

KCL, LLC

Pearl Construction, Inc.

Entities Paying $5,000 or more:

Kagey Company, Inc.

Walsh Law Group

City of Cd’A

Boards:

CDA2030 (2017 board, 2018 committee member)

City of Cd’A Library Board Liaison

NIBCA Joint Gov’t Issues

Cd’A Legislative Committee

Spouse: Craig Owens, Project Manager/Superintendent, M.A. DeAtley Construction, Clarkston Wash.

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KATIE BRODIE

Trustee, Kootenai Health Board of Directors

Employer: State of Idaho, Gov. Butch Otter’s N. Idaho liaison

The following entities pay me over $5,000 per year:

The State of Idaho

Idaho Forest industries, LLC

Inland Northwest Bank

Social Security

Boards I serve on:

Kootenai Health Board of Trustees

Inland Northwest Bank, Director

State of Idaho Human Rights Commission, Board member

The Northwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center, Board member

Husband: Pete Holman, retired

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