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Vassar: 'Big shoes to fill'

Jan Vassar, newly appointed member of the Idaho Transportation Board, said she was interviewed by Lt. Gov. Brad Little and members of Gov. Butch Otter's staff, but hasn't yet gotten a chance to speak with the governor himself. "So I can understand why he might want to get to know who I am," she said,  before deciding whether to appoint her to a full six-year term on the board.

For now, Vassar will serve out the remainder of the late Bruce Sweeney's term, which runs through the end of January. "We've had two strong district representatives in Bruce Sweeney and Mike Mitchell and they're big shoes to fill," Vassar said. "I would like to contribute if I can."
    
Vassar currently serves on ITD's public transportation advisory council, and when she was city manager for Lewiston from 1992 to 2006, she supervised both the city's transportation program and the airport, along with police, fire, parks, community development and public works. "So I felt like I had some background and maybe some talent I could bring to the position, hopefully," she said. She holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Washington State University. Prior to becoming city manager in Lewiston, Vassar was director of administrative services, executive assistant to the city manager, and city clerk.




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