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posted on February 13, 2013 14:41

NEWS RELEASE--FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                           DATE: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013

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

Joyce Broadsword Named DHW North Idaho Regional Director 

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is pleased to announce that Joyce Broadsword has accepted the position of North Idaho Regional Director. She will replace Ron Beecher, who is retiring on Feb. 28.  



 Joyce Broadsword

Broadsword, currently a Bonner County commissioner, will start on March 1. She will resign from the commission, effective Feb. 28.

“I had concerns about leaving my post on the commission, but it became clear I could do more to help people in northern Idaho by taking on this new challenge – and that’s why I got into public service in the first place,” she said.

Health and Welfare Director Dick Armstrong is looking forward to working with Broadsword in her new role.

“In working with Senator Broadsword in the Legislature, her commitment to improve the lives of Idaho citizens became quite clear to all of us,” Armstrong says. “She knows the health and human service issues of Idaho and has a proven record for getting things done. We are very excited about having her on board in this critical leadership position.”

As regional director, Broadsword will serve Idaho’s 10 most northern counties and work on special tasks for the Department of Health and Welfare. She formerly served four terms in the Idaho Senate, where she was vice-chairwoman of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.

Broadsword lives on a small farm in the Sagle area with her husband, John. They have three grown sons and three grandchildren. She also owns and operates a log home company in Ponderay with her brother, Phil McNearney.