Idaho Gov. Butch Otter appointed Jo Ann Cole-Hansen of Lewiston to the Idaho Water Resource Board.
Cole-Hansen, chief financial officer of the Lewiston Orchards Irrigation District, will serve out the term of former board member and state Rep. Chuck Cuddy of Orofino, who retired from the board last year. The term expires at the end of 2018.
The eight-member board develops and carries out the state water plan, finances water projects and operates programs that support sustainable management of Idaho water resources. Members are appointed by the governor and serve four-year terms.
“It will be a great honor to work with my fellow Idahoans to manage Idaho’s water resources,” Cole-Hansen said in a board-issued release. “In a state like ours, water is so valuable for so many things. It’s always a challenge to balance ground water issues, surface water issues and the other demands for our water resources.”
Cole-Hansen has been Lewiston Orchards Irrigation District CFO for 13 years. She said that experience has given her “multi-dimensional exposure to the needs of both municipal and irrigation water users.” She has worked on issues related to water rights, endangered species and tribal trust issues for a system that uses ground and surface water.
She is a member of the American Water Works Association and Lewiston Urban Renewal Agency. She is a founder and past treasurer of Pocatello Community Charter School.