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ShannonWilliamsonShannon Williamson

Elected 2013 (4-year term)

Shannon joined the Sandpoint community in 2011 after visiting the area regularly since 2004.  Shannon was drawn to Sandpoint’s unique character, close-knit community and scenic beauty.  As a mother of two young children, she knew that Sandpoint would be an ideal place to raise her kids due to the variety of high-quality schools, recreational opportunities and friendly neighborhoods.

Shannon earned her bachelor’s degree in marine biology from the University of North Carolina in 1996 and her Ph.D. in marine science from the University of South Florida in 2003.  She worked as the Director of Environmental Virology for the non-profit J. Craig Venter Research Institute while serving as an adjunct assistant professor at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in San Diego before becoming the Executive Director of Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper in 2011.  Shannon's prior experiences taught her how to listen carefully, communicate effectively, think critically and work collaboratively.

Shannon is an avid sports-enthusiast who enjoys spending time with her kids at City Beach, Schweitzer and everywhere in between.  She is looking forward to many biking adventures with her son and daughter as soon as everyone can ride without training wheels.

She currently serves as City Council President.

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ThomasEddyThomas Eddy

Elected 2011, Re-elected 2015 (4-year term)

Tom arrived in Sandpoint with his family in 2008 and has been amazed by its character, outdoor recreation, and sense of community. His experiences in Vail, Colorado, over the previous eighteen years make him appreciate all that Sandpoint has to offer and emboldened him to help preserve the quality that makes it so special.  He adores this town and hopes to make it a place of opportunity to which our children will want to return. Tom brings small business experience to his Council position and will make responsible decisions for our residents. You may find Tom and his family skiing on Schweitzer, enjoying the lake, or exploring the back roads and trails of their new home.

Tom graduated from The Colorado College in 1995 with a B.A. in English and is currently the Snow Safety Supervisor for Schweitzer Mountain Ski Patrol.

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BillAitkenBill Aitken

Appointed 2013, Elected 2015 (4-year term)

Bill was born and raised in a small town in Southern California.   He and his wife, Stephanie, have lived in several resort towns, like Bar Harbor, ME, and Park City, UT.  When their 2 children, Cassidy and Jake, became school age, they knew they needed to relocate to a small town and put down roots.  After researching numerous resort towns throughout the west, they crossed the Long Bridge and knew they had found the place.

Bill is the owner of Aitken Construction & Development, LLC, a small firm with an office in downtown Sandpoint.  Bill is a licensed contractor, but his company’s primary focus is lighting design, energy efficient retrofits, and project management.  Prior to his current position, Bill spent 20 years working in the non-profit industry for various YMCAs and other organizations. Councilman Aitken was appointed on December 4, 2013, to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of former Councilman Aaron Qualls. The combination of his background and strong sense of community will help Bill make informed and educated decisions for the future of Sandpoint.

When they aren’t busy with Cassidy’s Strikers games or Jake’s lacrosse and football games, the Aitken family enjoys spending time together skiing, playing on the lake and traveling.

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BobCampBob Camp

Elected 2013 (4-year term)

Bob was born in Clinton, Iowa and raised in Pueblo, Colorado, where he graduated from the University of Southern Colorado with a B.S. degree in Biology.  He served as a Corpsman in the U.S. Navy, stationed at the Naval Hospital and Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort, S.C.  Bob and his wife Carol moved to Sandpoint in April 1971, and all four of their daughters were born and raised here.  Bob was employed as an Environmental Health Specialist with the Panhandle Health District, retiring after 35 years of service.

Bob became involved in the Sandpoint community almost immediately after his arrival, coaching Little League baseball and Junior Tackle football teams his first year here.  In 1971, he also was involved in implementation of the first Sandpoint community survey, dealing with community satisfaction and future goals for the city.  Bob has been an active member of the Sandpoint Kiwanis club for over 30 years.  He has volunteered at the Bonner County Museum since his retirement and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Bonner County Historical Society.  He also volunteers at the Bonner Partners in Care Clinic, and serves on the Parish Council for St. Joseph's Catholic Church.  He has served on the Sandpoint Historic Preservation Commission since 2008.  Bob brings to the council a lifelong experience of community service, as well as in-depth knowledge of Sandpoint's history and background.

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DebFragosoDeb Ruehle

Appointed 2013, Elected 2015 (4-year term)

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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Stephen SneddenSnedden

Appointed 2016 (will serve until 2017 election)

Stephen is a third-generation resident of Bonner County and a 1997 graduate of Sandpoint High School. He has undergraduate degrees in political science and computer science. He completed his law degree at Pepperdine University.  Stephen serves on a number of boards and advises multiple non-profits. In his spare time, he skis at Schweitzer Mountain Resort and devotes time to the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail – a mile-long trail along the shore of Lake Pend Oreille. He has three nieces and two nephews.

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