(Corrected press release .)
Idaho Falls, ID: During this week’s regular City Council meeting, Mayor Casper will ask the Idaho Falls City Council to approve her appointment of Idaho Falls Forensic Accountant, David Smith to the vacant City Council seat. The meeting will be held on April 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, 680 Park Avenue.
A council seat became vacant after Councilman Dee Whittier passed away on March 1 at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center due to complications from a heart attack sustained on Feb. 23.
“I have chosen David Smith because he will add critical expertise to our City Council,” states Mayor Casper. “Councilman Whittier’s background in financial planning was a great asset to the council, and Mr. Smith builds on that legacy. Not only does he have stellar credentials and financial experience, but he was also a member of the Citizen Review Committee for the Municipal Services Division in 2014 which means he is familiar with internal city processes.”
“I look forward to working with Mr. Smith and other council members over the next several months as we do a thorough review of our internal controls and ensure we are using the best business practices for our finances,” adds Casper.
David M. Smith owns Smith and Company CPAs PLLC, an Idaho Falls Forensic Accounting firm. David is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Idaho, Wyoming, and Hawaii. David is also a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified in Financial Forensics, a Master Analyst in Financial Forensics, a Certified Valuation Analyst and is accredited in Business Valuations and in Business Appraisal Review.
David is also a Chartered Global Management Accountant and a member of the Financial Consulting Group, the largest association of independently owned accounting, business valuation and financial services firms in North America. David earned his Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Carroll College.
He has served with various community organizations and Boards of Directors including the Idaho Falls Exchange Club, United Way of Idaho Falls and Bonneville County, Idaho Falls Family YMCA and Eastern Idaho Economic Development Corporation.
David is an Idaho Falls native. He and his wife Karen have raised five children that all attended public schools in Idaho Falls. Karen recently retired from the city of Idaho Falls after 21 years.
David Smith stated, “I appreciate the trust and respect Mayor Casper has bestowed upon me to fill the seat of Councilman Whittier, and I will work to earn the same trust from the citizens. I believe Idaho Falls is a great community, and the best is yet to come.”
According to Idaho Code, Title 50-704, a vacancy on the council shall be filled by appointment made by the mayor with the consent of the council, which appointee shall serve until the next general city election, at which such vacancy shall be filled for the balance of the original term.
Mayor Casper began accepting applications on March 10. Applicants had to meet the state code requirements for a council member (Title 50-4). A total of eight applications were received.
“All of the applicants made a strong presentation and demonstrated a commitment to public service. I hope to see all of them involved with our city in one way or another in the coming months,” said Casper.
About Idaho Falls: Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but still embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, shopping, and entertainment, Idaho Falls is attractive to small and large businesses alike and consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications. Learn more at http://www.idahofallsidaho.gov/