Term: 1/16 – 12/19
“The opportunity to represent my fellow Post Falls citizens on the city council is an honor that comes with the responsibility to be ever mindful that decisions we make today will have an effect for years and generations to come. For me, any public meeting that is well-attended by a participating citizenry is gratifying.”
Kerri Thoreson was first elected to council Seat 1 in 2008, re-elected to a second four-year term in 2012 and in 2016 was re-elected to a third term on the council.
She’s an award-winning writer/photographer, public speaker and the former publisher/editor of the Post Falls Tribune. A Kootenai County resident for nearly five decades, Kerri is an alumni of Coeur d’Alene High School who’s made her home in Post Falls since 1985.
She attended the University of North Dakota- Williston and graduated from the Post Falls Chamber of Commerce River City Leadership Academy in 2010.
Community involvement is a priority, and Kerri speaks to many organizations on a variety of topics such as saying yes to opportunities and engaging in the community. She organized the Post Falls Festival Parade for 25 years and founded the Post Falls Junior Miss/Post Falls Distinguished Young Woman scholarship program. Veterans causes are a passion, including serving as the Curator of the Ronald D. Rankin Veterans Memorial Plaza at the Kootenai County Courthouse, which is named for her late father.. Kerri and husband, Bert, have three grown daughters, Alyssa, Melani and Sarah and three grandsons, one of whom is serving in the US Navy.
Council Liaison to Boards :
Panhandle Area Council (PAC), Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization
Community Service Current:
North Idaho College Workforce Training Advisory Board
North Idaho Housing Coalition Board (president)
American Legion Post 143 Auxiliary
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3603 Auxiliary
Community Service Past:
Former Post Falls Park and Recreation Commissioner
Past Board of: Post Falls Food Bank, Post Falls Chamber of Commerce, Kootenai Co. Aquifer Protection District Board, Kootenai Alliance for Children and Families Executive Board, Post Falls Senior Center, Kootenai County Substance Abuse Council, Kootenai County Veterans Advisory Commission, United Way of Kootenai County
Awards & Honors:
Post Falls Citizen of the Year
Idaho American Legion 4th Estate Media Award
State Treasurer’s Idaho Hall of Fame
Soroptomist Women of Distinction Award
Post Falls American Legion Community Service Award
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Post Falls City Council meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6pm in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 408 N. Spokane St. on the 3rd Tuesday of each month there is a 5pm Council Workshop.