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City Council Meeting Agenda & Minutes

Current Councilmembers

ShannonWilliamsonShannon Williamson

Elected 2013, Re-elected 2017 (4-year term beginning Jan 2018)

Shannon joined the Sandpoint community in 2011 after visiting the area regularly since 2004. Shannon was drawn to Sandpoint’s unique character, scenic beauty, diverse recreational opportunities and its close-knit, family friendly nature. As a mother of two children, with one in elementary school and the other in middle school, Shannon is thrilled to be raising her kids in Sandpoint.

Shannon earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology in 1996 and her Ph.D in Marine Science in 2003. She worked as the Director of Environmental Virology for the J. Craig Venter Research Institute while serving as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Scripps Institute of Oceanography in San Diego before moving to North Idaho.

Shannon is an avid sports and outdoor enthusiast. She enjoys swimming and playing with her kids at City Beach in the summer, skiing with her kids on Schweitzer Mountain in the winter and cheering her kids on throughout the year at soccer and basketball games.

She currently serves as City Council President.

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DebFragosoDeb Ruehle

Appointed 2014, elected 2015 (4-year term), re-elected 2019 (4 year term beginning Jan 2020)

Deb was born and raised near Detroit, Michigan, and arrived in Sandpoint in April of 2004. She has two sons, both born at BGH. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in 1990 from the University of Colorado, Boulder Colorado. She spent a short time as a Level III Adaptive Ski Instructor and a research assistant before earning her Master’s degree in Physical Therapy in 1995 from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She believes one of the most important things she ever learned was from the director of her PT program at Emory, who said, “We must all learn to disagree agreeably,” or no forward progress will ever be made. Deb has traveled to every state in the union except Alaska, following her athletic and academic dreams, and has lived in nine of them, from cities as big as Los Angles, California, to tiny Fayetteville, West Virginia. Deb fell in love with Sandpoint’s small town character and its big heart, with its diverse and eclectic inclusion of all persons, and decided there would be no place better to raise a family. Deb is an involved community member and volunteer, participating with many nonprofit organizations: Team Autism 24/7 RAAM crew, 24 Hours for Hank Cystinosis Project, Independence Alpine Ski Racing Team, Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail, Sandpoint Nordic Club, Sandpoint Community Review participant 2013. Deb was also a member of the Sandpoint Planning and Zoning Commission for three years. Deb acknowledges that, when you are a therapist, you get to know people, and, when you travel a lot, you get to know places and the things that make them livable with longevity. She feels these experiences, along with her knowledge regarding judicial procedures and the City’s new comprehensive plan, acquired during her time as a P&Z Commissioner, allow her to make a meaningful and thoughtful contribution back to the community of Sandpoint.

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Joel AispuroJoel Aispuro

Elected 2017 (4-year term beginning Jan 2018)

In 1987, Joel Aispuro and his family moved from the Big City to Sandpoint, Idaho and Joel has lived here since, helping run the family business.

In the years of living and working in Sandpoint, Joel has developed a warm relationship with the people of this wonderful City.  Joel and his wife are raising their family here. Joel’s love of the City of Sandpoint and its residents have given him a deep desire to serve his community and to help Sandpoint thrive and continue to be the charming city he grew up in.

When Joel is not working at the family restaurant, you will find him along with his wife and three children enjoying walks downtown, hiking in our wilderness, swimming in our lake and volunteering in and coaching various youth sports.

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John Darling

John Darling

Elected 2017 (4-year term beginning Jan 2018)

John Darling is a 3rd generation native to Sandpoint Idaho. After graduating high school in 1993, he enlisted into the US Navy. While stationed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton WA, John sailed abroad visiting many countries along the way. After marrying his high school sweetheart and starting a family, he decided to move his family back to Sandpoint where he was raised. John joined his family business where he now is an owner and oversees the flooring department at Sandpoint Furniture Carpet One Floor and Home. John now has three wonderful children that attend local public schools and universities. John enjoys giving back to our community by coaching youth sports and participating in local nonprofit organizations and projects.  John has served as a previous public official when he was elected as a council member for the city of Ponderay. After serving 7 years on council, his family decided to relocate and build a new home in Sandpoint. During his involvement as a former council member, he worked collectively with other local agencies on multi jurisdiction projects. John and his family enjoy all that North Idaho has to offer and are proud to call Sandpoint Home.

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Kate McAlisterthumbnail_photo McAlister

Elected 2019 (4-year term beginning Jan 2020)

Kate made her way to Sandpoint 27 years ago and has loved being a part of the community.  She was raised in Nampa, Idaho, graduated from Idaho schools, had her four children in Idaho, and several of her eight grandchildren were born and live in Idaho.

Kate has over 30 years leadership experience and continues as the President and CEO of the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce since 2010.  She leads the Chamber's Business Development and Tourism Sandpoint divisions, and is the Program Director for Leadership Sandpoint.

She was instrumental in Sandpoint receiving the 2011 Most Beautiful Small Town in America award sponsored by Rand McNally and USA Today.  Kate also led the Sister City initiative when Nelson, B.C. became our sister city in 2013.  

Kate received her education from Boston College, Carroll School of Business in Corporate Social Responsibility, and has participated on international leadership committees in developing programs for Corporate Citizenship initiatives.  She was Community Investment Manager for Itron, Inc. in the Spokane Valley for 15 years.  

Kate served as a Commissioner on the Sandpoint Urban Renewal Agency (SURA) from 2013-2017 and currently serves on a number of area boards:

  • Chairman of the Board, International Selkirk Loop, U.S.
  • Secretary on the Forrest Bird Charter School Board
  • Director on the Angels Over Sandpoint Board of Directors
  • Director on the Kaniksu Health Services Board of Directors

When she isn't volunteering, you can find Kate out enjoying the great outdoors with her forester husband, playing her ukulele, spending time with family, or reading.

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Andy Groat

thumbnail_photo Groat

Elected 2019 (4-year term beginning Jan 2020)

Andy moved to Sandpoint in 2001.  While working for Coca-Cola, he and his family quickly fell in love with Sandpoint.  The people, the charm and the level of year-round activity and its size made Sandpoint the ideal place to raise his family.

All three of Andy's daughters attended public schools in Sandpoint, with his youngest most recently graduating from Sandpoint High School.  His other two daughters graduated from SHS as well.

Currently a local UPS driver, Andy brings a deep sense of community with a willingness to listen and understand any challenges and opportunities this amazing town may face in the coming years.  He eagerly looks forward to giving back to a community that has given him so much.

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