Bannock County Commissioners
District 1, Chairman of the Board
Ernie Moser was elected as a County Commissioner in 2018 and is serving his second term. Moser graduated from Marsh Valley High School and later from Idaho State University with a bachelor’s degree of Science in Human Resource Training and Development. Moser spent time working at Ash Grove Cement, Farmers Insurance, and On Semiconductor. He began his time in public service as a City Councilman for Inkom where he served for 12 Years before servings as Mayor of Inkom for four years. Moser, his wife Sue, their 3 children and 12 grandchildren call Bannock County home and love the area.
Jeff Hough was elected as a County Commissioner in 2020 and is serving his first term. Hough received his bachelor’s degree in Finance from Idaho State University and has worked for J.R. Simplot, 3Com, First Security Bank, and Idaho State University. Hough started his own digital marketing agency in 2016. Hough is an avid sportsman: he helped create the Pocatello Fall Ultra mountain bike race, is a board member for the Pocatello Sports Committee, and referees area high school sports.
Terrel N. Tovey
Terrel “Ned” Tovey was elected as a County Commissioner in 2016 and is serving his second term. Tovey received a master’s degree in public administration from Idaho State University. Tovey has a long history of military service and was deployed to Iraq in 2005 and to Afghanistan in 2011. He currently serves with the US Army Reserves and is assigned as an instructor for ISU’s ROTC Program. Tovey has two children with his wife Serena of 13 years.
About the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC)
The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is the county’s governing body, which consists of three commissioners elected at-large to four-year staggered terms. One Commissioner is elected from each district. You can view district demographics here.
Commissioners are generally available daily within the County conducting business.
Office: Courthouse Room 101, 624 E. Center Street in Pocatello
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What is the function of the Board of County Commissioners?
The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) serves as the governing body for County government, with final budget authority for all County departments. Additionally, they oversee the daily operations of departments that are not directly under the authority of the other six elected officials in the County. The BOCC meet in a public meeting forum to take official action on County business.
The Board also sits as the Board of Equalization to consider property assessment appeals and as the Board of Canvassers for the purpose of canvassing the election returns of all precincts within the county.
When does the Board of County Commissioners meet?
The BOCC generally meets twice a week: regular business meetings are on Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m. and work sessions are on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. Meetings are generally held in the Commissioner’s Chambers at 624 E Center, Room 212, Pocatello, Idaho, unless otherwise noted. Times subject to change within 15 minutes of stated time.
During these meetings, the BOCC may: approve contracts, expend funds, hear testimony, make decisions on land use cases and take care of other County matters, and are open to the public. Meetings are live-streamed on YouTube.
Other public meetings on a variety of subjects are held several times each week, as needed to conduct the business of the county.
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***Any person(s) needing special accommodations to participate in public meetings should contact the Commissioners’ office at 208-236-7210 three to five working days before the meeting.
What is the difference between an 'Open' meeting and a 'Closed' meeting?
The majority of BOCC meetings are open meetings, meaning that the public is allowed – and encouraged – to attend the meeting and hear the deliberations and decisions of the Board. However, certain meetings (or portions of meetings) are closed to the public. These include discussions such as personnel considerations, land acquisition negotiations, and meetings with legal counsel. Closed sessions are conducted without the public present for the discussion; any decisions resulting from a closed session will be held during an open session.
How can I meet with the Board of County Commissioners?
Meetings can be requested by contacting the Commissioner’s office at 208-236-7210 or by emailing email@example.com. Due to public records law, it is necessary to provide the requested information concerning meetings before a meeting can be scheduled.
How do I appeal my property assessment to the Board of Equalization?
Note: 2022 Property Assessments Appeals will not be accepted after Monday, June 27
Board of Equalization
It is the responsibility of the Commissioners, convening as the Board of Equalization (BOE), to ensure that the market value placed on your property by the County is fair and accurate. The Board cannot adjust value based on the amount of taxes due or on your ability to pay the amount on your Property Tax Statement.
Once you have reviewed your assessment, if you decide to appeal the assessed value of your property please follow these three steps:
Step 1 – Contact Assessor’s Office
Discuss your assessment with a representative from the Assessor’s Office. You may contact their office at (208) 236-7498.
Step 2 – Submit an Appeal Form
If you are unable to reach a resolution, submit your Appeal Form with Assessment Notice attached to the Bannock County Commissioners’ office by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), Drop Box on Center Street, in person at the Commissioners’ Office (room 101), mail to physical address, or fax (208) 236-7363.
Step 3 – Attend your Hearing
Once you have submitted a complete appeal form, including an assessment notice, a hearing will be scheduled with the Board of Equalization. This is done in the Bannock County Commissioner’s office. Five (5) copies of your packet must be delivered no later than three (3) business days prior to your scheduled hearing.
Property Value Appeal Applications to the Board of Equalization are available in our office, online, or at the 6th Street entrance to the Courthouse. All appeal forms must be received in our office no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, June 27, 2022. Before requesting an appeal, property owners should speak to the Assessor’s Office.
Property Value Assessment Documents
How do I apply for a Property Tax Exemption?
Certain properties, such as non-profit entities and government properties, may be exempt from paying property taxes if the property qualifies for exemption per Idaho State Code § 63-602 and the Property Tax Exemption application is turned in by the deadline: April 15, 2022 at 5 p.m. No late applications will be accepted.
Please include documents that support your request for exemption. Organizations must apply each year for an exemption.
To apply, download the application here and submit it to the Commissioners by mail, email, or fax.
Mail: 624 E. Center Street, Room 101, Pocatello, ID 83201
After submitting an application, applicants can expect either; (1) to receive a letter of acceptance that they’ve been approved by May 15, 2022, or (2) a phone call requesting a meeting with the Board of County Commissioners to answer questions regarding the application.
For questions regarding the Property Tax Exemption, call the Commissioners’ Office at 208-236-7210. Read more about Property Tax Exemptions in Idaho Code Title 63, Chapter 6.
Commissioner Board Assignments
Ernie Moser – Chair
Behavioral Health Executive Committee
Board of Community Guardians
Chamber of Commerce Gen Membership
Community Crisis Center (CCC)
Eastern ID State Fair Board
Free Clinic/Crisis Center
Idaho Association of District Board of
Lava Hot Springs City
Regional Behavioral Health Board
Regional Development Alliance (RDA)
Sixth District Magistrate Commission
Southeast Idaho District Health Board
Women’s Correction Center
Auditorium District Board
Bannock Transportation Planning Org (BTPO)
Chamber of Commerce Gen Membership
Chamber of Commerce Local Issues
Chubbuck Development Authority (CDA)
Graduate Medical Ed Committee (GMEC)
Local Legislative Committee
Regional Juvenile Detention Board
SAUSA (US Attorney) Board
School District 25
Senior Activity Center Board
Bright Tomorrow’s Board
Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee
Chamber of Commerce Gen Membership
Council for Children’s Mental Health
Fish & Game
Gateway to Health Committee
Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)
Local Legislative Committee
Pocatello Development Authority (PDA)
Portneuf Medical Center Community
Portneuf Soil and Water Conservation District
Regional Advisory Committee
Regional Protective Custody Board
State Emergency Planning Committee (SEPC)
University of Idaho Extension, Bannock County helps citizens through research-based, locally relevant information and programs. We offer programming in 4-H and youth development, small crops and horticulture,hHealth, nutrition and food safety
The mission of Bannock County Court Services Department is to protect the community from delinquency by imposing accountability for offenses committed, and equipping offenders with the required competencies to live productively and responsibly in the community.
The Engineering Department is broadly responsible for the design, drawings, codes, specification of material required, quantity and quality of components procured from vendors for the County.
Geographic (or Geospatial) Information Systems is a collection of databases that contain information related to the location of anything. This spatial reference is what makes GIS data unique and allows it to be visualized or mapped.
The county’s Information Technology (IT) department maintains county hardware, software, and supporting infrastructure to ensure the county operates efficiently.
The Mission of the Bannock County Public Defender’s Office is to protect and defend the rights of our clients through compassionate and inspired legal representation of the highest quality, in pursuit of a fair and unbiased system of justice for all.
Special projects that may happen throughout the Bannock County is the responsibility of the Couty Commissioners.
Courthouse Buildings & Grounds
The Courthouse Building and grounds falls under the oversight of the County Commissioners. This includes all maintenance, cleaning, and related services.
As a function of the Bannock County Commission, the Emergency Services role is to create and implement programs to increase public awareness about threats and hazards, coordinate emergency planning, provide an extensive array of specialized training for emergency responders and local officials, and administer disaster recovery and hazard mitigation programs in Bannock County.
Bannock County Event Center & Portneuf Wellness Complex is Southeastern Idaho’s premier multipurpose recreational complex.
The Human Resources/Risk Management Department is committed to respond efficiently and compassionately. Their goal is to help reduce injury and property damage to Bannock County and its employees. They desire to provide quality service to elected officials, department heads, employees, outside entities, and the general public in a manner that supports Bannock County.
Our mission is to provide a secure, safe environment for juveniles who are placed in our care by the courts. Through programs and staff interaction, it is our goal to address attitudes, citizenship, school attendance, drug/alcohol problems, self worth, individual accountability and decision-making skills.
The Office of Planning & Development Services is responsible for ensuring that land development and construction in Bannock County are done in accordance with County ordinances and in a safe and orderly manner.
Bannock County Road & Bridge is a division of the Bannock County Public Works department. It is tasked with maintaining 466 miles of road.
Veteran’s Services assist veterans and their dependents applying for benefits they’ve earned while linking them to other services and organizations that will support them locally where they live. We act as a liaison between their membership and other community organizations in support of their mission.
Advisory Boards and Commissions
What Are They?
Boards, commissions, councils, and task forces serve many different roles within the County. Board and commission members serve at the discretion of the Board of County Commissioners and may be appointed at any time during the application process.
- Planning and Development Council
- Fair Board
- Snowgroomer Advisory Board
- Board of Community Guardians
- Historical Society Board
The Planning and Development Council members are volunteers that are appointed by the County Commissioners.
The Planning and Development Council typically meets on the third Wednesday of every month, and, if needed, on the first Wednesday of the month. Meetings are held at 5:15 p.m. in Conference Room 1, Office of Planning and Development Services, 5500 S 5th Ave, Pocatello, Idaho 83204 (Meeting location subject to change).
The Fair Board is in place to conduct county fairs as specified in Title 22, Chapter 2 of Idaho Code, and such other responsibilities as shall be assigned.
Meetings of the Fair Board are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Downey Fairgrounds Office located at 156 North 2nd West, Downey, ID 83234. There are seven (7) seats on the Board; 4 members serve 2-year terms and 3 members shall serve 4-year terms.
Click here for agendas and more information.
Board of Community Guardians
The Board of Community Guardians was established in 1993 pursuant to Idaho Code Title 15, Chapter 5.
The Board shall consist of 7 to 11 volunteer members who are representatives of community interests involving persons needing guardians or conservators. Members are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners to serve 4-year terms.
Members: Morgan Bates, Janie Gebhardt, Josh Hill, Diane Peck, Lance Peck, Ray Rosen, Jessica Strange, Tina Anderson, Travis Martin
Chairperson: Ray Rosen
Vice Chairperson: Jessica Strange
Secretary: Deanna Rosen
Upcoming meeting: Monday, July 11, 2022
To refer someone to the Board of Community Guardians for assistance, please download the form below and email or mail the completed form and supporting documents to the following:
Mailing address: Bannock County Board of Community Guardians
P.O. Box 901
Pocatello, ID 83204-0901
Bannock County Historical Society Board
The Bannock County Historical Society Board was founded March 8, 1922, and was formally incorporated on December 5, 1961. The purpose of the Historical Society Board is to bring together people who are interested in preserving and understanding the history of Bannock County.
The Board provides oversite and support to the Bannock County Historical Soceity and the Bannock County Historical Museum, located at 3000 Ave. of the Chiefs in Pocatello. Map it.
The Board of Directors consists of nine members, each elected for a three-year term. Terms are staggered so that two positions are open in the first year, three positions in the next year, and two in the following year. Board members are elected by a plurality of votes cast at the Annual Meeting. Board members must be in good standing with the Society and reside in Bannock County.
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Board meetings are typically held on the second Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. in the Museum’s gallery, located at 3000 Ave. of the Chiefs in Pocatello.
Membership in the Society is open to anyone. Click here to learn more about the benefits of membership and how to apply.
Society meetings, which usually include a presentation focused on relevant history, are open to the public and are held on the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m., September through May. During the summer months, the Society meetings are suspended due to heavy visitation at the Museum and longer hours for the Museum staff.
Bannock County Courthouse
624 East Center
Pocatello, Idaho 83201