Staff Assembly Minutes

February 9, 2012
Todd Hall

Call to Order:  2:00 p.m.

Approval of Minutes
A motion was made and seconded to approve the January 12, 2012 minutes.  Motion passed unanimously.

Introduction of New Staff
Via IVC, Bonners Ferry front-desk receptionist Holly Olson was introduced by supervisor Christine Callison.  Welcome Holly.

Introducing Mark Browning, VP of Community Relations & Marketing
Mark Browning is NIC’s new Vice President of Community Relations and Marketing.  Mark joined NIC in January of this year.  Mark is originally from Stevensville, Montana.  He attended Idaho State University as a non-traditional student.  Mark spent many years working broadcast journalism, with time spent as a weekend weatherman and eventually the news director at CBS in Boise.  For the last five years Mark has worked at the Idaho State Board of Education, where he was the chief communications and legislative officer.  Mark said he is very impressed with NIC and his staff in Community Relations.  He reminded Staff Assembly that if we know of good things happening at NIC, his department wants to know that.  Mark and his wife Kym have three boys and their family is looking forward to living in Coeur d’Alene.

Meet and Confer Update
Tammy Young gave an update on the Meet& Confer requests for staff that will be brought forward including:

  1. Maintain the current pay schedule, including appropriate step and column movement.
  2. Maintain current benefit package.
  3. Provide 2% increase to the schedule base.
  4. Maintain internal tuition waiver for employees, spouses, and dependents.
  5. Increase the amount of PIP funds and improve the distribution process. 
  6. Provide a tuition assistance program for degree-seeking employees.

Employee Day
Employee Day is scheduled for February 21st.  There will be a keynote speaker this year, followed by two sessions of workshops.  Workshops are listed on the webpage; some will require pre-registration.  The afternoon time is designated for departmental activities.

Employee Giving Campaign
Katie Elwell and Pam Noah gave us an overview of the Employee Giving Campaign.  In the first week we met our number from last year and doubled giving from four years ago.  Over $55,000 was raised last year from the Employee Giving Campaign.  Please go online and register your support; even if you don’t make a donation, you increase our participation numbers, and you will be eligible for prizes.   You only need to complete the form once.  Please be an advocate in your area to help increase participation. 

Senate Update
The IT policy is currently under discussion; this consists of technology use and email use.  We are essentially formalizing our current process rather than implementing any changes.

Presidential Search Update
Jon Totten gave us an update on the Presidential Search Committee.   At this time the committee has put together a presidential profile, which can be viewed on the web at

Please take a look at that and feel free to send Jon an email, letting him know what qualities are most important to you.  The committee’s next step will be to review applications and by March 8th select semi-final candidates for preliminary interviews, which are scheduled to take place March 21st and 22nd.

Staff Sabbatical Policy
Garry Stark reported that while Alex was unable to give us an update, he did send an email update that this was scheduled to go forward for consideration.


  • To Jason Dixon in Facilities from Garry Stark
  • To Jay Lee from Colleen Ward
  • To Lisa Hill from DeAnn Johnson

Ed Corridor Update
The next phase consists of finishing River Avenue toward Northwest Boulevard and Park Avenue.   The drawings are going out to bid next week.  Plans for a community garden are going forward.

Next Meeting:  Thursday, March 8th at Workforce Training Center.  We will have a couple of vans leaving from in front of the SUB at 2:30 that day.