BOISE – Sen. Jim Hammond has been a good friend to Idaho's city governments.
The Coeur d'Alene Republican was recognized last week for his "exceptional contributions benefiting the city governments of the State of Idaho" by the Association of Idaho Cities.
During its annual conference in Boise, the organization presented Hammond with its Boyd A. Martin Award.
“Jim Hammond is one of the most knowledgeable and respected voices in the Idaho Legislature on issues of importance to cities and is a most worthy recipient of the Martin Award,” said AIC Executive Director Ken Harward, in a press release.
Martin was the chair of the University of Idaho Political Science Department and served as Dean of the College of Letters and Sciences. He was instrumental in forming the Idaho Municipal League, which was later renamed the Association of Idaho Cities.
Hammond began his career in public service as an educator and elementary school principal. He served the City of Post Falls for more than 25 years in several capacities including planning and zoning commissioner, councilman, mayor and city administrator.
He was elected to three terms in the Idaho Senate and currently chairs the Senate Transportation Committee. Earlier this year Hammond announced he would retire after completing his third term.
He also served on the State Board of Education from 1999 to 2004 and was the first Chairman of the State Charter School Commission from 2004 to 2006.