Normally, the presidency on the Ada County Highway District board would be ho-hum stuff.
Perhaps, in this case, it still is.
But perhaps too, times have changed considerably. On Wednesday, ACHD commissioners voted unanimously to name Sara Baker the commission's president.
The vote from Baker's peers is significant, considering the backstory. In the fall of 2009, Baker and her colleagues wrestled publicly over a plaque at the East ParkCenter Bridge — one that cited the efforts of past and current ACHD board members, but not Baker, who had been elected in 2008. Said Baker at the time: "This is exactly what Stalin did during his reign. He purged history. He changed history."
Since then, Baker's time on the ACHD board has been less tumultuous, and last fall, the former Boise City Council member was unopposed for re-election.
Here's today's news release from the ACHD:
Sara Baker will be president of the Ada County Highway District for 2013, elected unanimously by her colleagues at Wednesday’s Commission meeting.
Before the meeting, Baker and Commissioner Rebecca Arnold were sworn into office, along with newly elected Commissioner Jim Hansen. Baker and Arnold were re-elected in November.
The president is chosen annually to lead the District and to set the Commission meeting agenda, among other duties. Baker, a former Boise City Council member, was elected to the ACHD Commission in 2008. She lives on the Boise Bench and represents Sub-District 5, central and northwest Ada County.
In addition to naming the president, Commissioners also elected John Franden as vice present. Franden, who was originally elected in 2002, will preside over meetings and serve as president in Baker’s absence.