Civil engineer Jeff Lamoureux has been appointed to the Ketchum Planning & Zoning Commission, taking the seat Sam Williams vacated in May.
Lamoureux was nominated by Mayor Randy Hall and confirmed by the City Council at its meeting Monday.
"He understands the ins and outs of government intimately," said Lisa Horowitz, Ketchum's director of community and economic development. "He's interested in volunteering in the town he's living in."
Lamoureux contacted Hall upon learning of the vacant seat.
"I think it's important to the community," he said in an interview Tuesday. "It's a good opportunity to be involved."
Lamoureux and his family moved to Ketchum two years ago from Portland, Ore. They were familiar with the area from previous vacations. He said getting involved is one way to feel part of the permanent community.
"I'm very interested in this community," he said. "I'm definitely here for the long term."
His management role with ET Environmental, a design-build contracting company, allows him to work with architects, engineers and city officials.
"I have a lot of experience working with a lot of different agencies and a lot of different planning departments," he said. "It gives me a good perspective."
Hall said Lamoureux's skills and experience will benefit the city.
"He's got what I think is a real good skill set," Hall said.
Lamoureux will take his seat on the commission Monday. He will serve the remainder of Williams' term, which expires Jan. 22, 2014.
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