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posted on March 04, 2013 11:25

NEWS RELEASE--FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                          Date: March 4, 2013

Contact:  Niki Forbing-Orr
Public Information Officer 
(208) 334-0693

Gov. Otter appoints Wendy Jaquet to the Board of Health and Welfare

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has appointed Wendy Jaquet, a retired legislator from Ketchum, to serve on the Idaho Board of Health and Welfare. She succeeds Dan Fuchs, a pharmacist from Twin Falls. 


 Wendy Jaquet

“As the department continues to face economic uncertainty and issues such as healthcare reform, Wendy’s guidance and legislative experience will be invaluable,” said Richard Armstrong, director of the Department of Health and Welfare. “We are pleased to welcome her.”

Jaquet served nine terms in the House, from 1994-2012 and served on several committees, including the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee and the Health and Welfare Committee. She also has a master’s degree in public administration. The Senate confirmed her appointment on Friday. Her term on the Board of Health and Welfare expires on Jan. 1, 2017.

Fuchs was appointed to the board in 2001 and served three terms. “I would like to thank all of the board members for their friendship over the past 12 years while I have been on the board,” Fuchs said. “It was a great learning experience for me.”

The board is made up of 11 members: seven community members appointed by the governor, who serve four-year terms, two representing the Legislature, one representing the Office of the Governor, and the director of the Department of Health and Welfare, Richard Armstrong, who also serves as the board’s secretary. Only the seven community members can cast votes. 

The two legislative members also are new to the board this year. Rep. Fred Wood and Sen. Lee Heider are chairmen of the House and Senate Health and Welfare committees respectively and will serve on the board this year. 

The board helps guide the department to promote and protect the public health and well-being of Idaho citizens. It is a rulemaking and advisory body that can adopt, amend, or repeal rules and standards of the department. Executive and administrative powers of the department belong solely to the director of the department.