Idaho Department of Labor hires former Pocatello planner

Sep 8th, 2016 | By | Category: Pocatello News

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Lon Crowell

Lon Crowell

POCATELLO ¬– The Idaho Department of Labor announced two new staff additions Wednesday. Former Pocatello city planning director Lon Crowell is now a business specialist for the Idaho Department of Labor’s southeast division.

Crowell spent the past five years as the planning and development services director for the City of Pocatello where he directed development opportunities at the Pocatello Regional Airport Business Park and several business retention and expansion projects that included Amy’s Kitchen, ATCO, Great Western Malting and Western States CAT. Crowell has served on almost 30 boards and committees including as the director of the Pocatello Development Authority and vice president of the Redevelopment Association of Idaho.

Crowell resigned from his job with the city June 2. According to a news release from the city, Crowell had been suspended with pay prior to submitting his resignation. No city officials would comment on the reason for Crowell’s suspension or his resignation.

Crowell was first appointed as director of planning and development by Mayor Brian Blad and confirmed by the City Council in August of 2011.

Esther Eke

Esther Eke

The Idaho Department of Labor also announced the hiring of a new regional economist. Esther Eke holds a doctorate in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. She has nearly nine years of experience teaching and conducting research in various academic institutions across the country. Before joining the department, Eke worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Utah State University and Johns Hopkins University.

Together the pair are tasked with leveraging the DOL’s “resources, knowledge and skills to help achieve the immediate and long-term challenges of employers and businesses of the seven southeastern Idaho counties,” according to a statement from the Idaho Department of Labor.

The southeastern region includes Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida and Power Counties.

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