Commission Members

Jerry Baltzell, Chairman

Appointed:  August 2008
Term Ends:  December 2023

Jerry is a graduate of Everett (WA) Community College, and also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Lewis-Clark State College.  He is a 34 year veteran with the Washington Air National Guard, retiring as a Lt Col and commander of the 141st Support Group.  Following retirement, Jerry served for several years as the Executive Director for the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and most recently as the Business Manager for the University of Idaho’s CAMBR Research facility in Post Falls.  Jerry is a long time resident of Kootenai County and has lived in Post Falls since 1993.

Jame’ Davis, Vice-Chair

Appointed:  August 2015
Term Ends:  December 2025

Jame` Davis brings a strong background in economic development, business administration, and public service to the Post Falls Urban Renewal Commission. Jame` is the Field Marketing Team Manager for Intermax Networks.  She serves on the regional council for the Make a Wish Foundation, is a board member for the Friends of Idaho Public Television and P1FCU.  Jame` is a proud Rotarian and serves as the Public Relations Chair for the Rotary Club of Post Falls.  Jame’ is a Lewis Clark State College Alumni, River City Leadership Academy Alumni, and native Idahoan. She and her family are passionate about improving their community, and helping to provide better opportunities for our future generations.

Jame` and her husband, Ryan moved to Post Falls in 2006 with their two children, Emily and Sam.

Len Crosby, Treasurer

Appointed:  January 2014
Term Ends:  December 2023

Len is a graduate of University of Mississippi with a BA in History and English, Northern Illinois University with a MA in Educational Administration and the University of West Virginia with an MBA in Business Administration.  Len did post-graduate work at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in real estate finance.  Len is Vice President of Community 1st Bank, and has over 40 years of experience in real estate finance and development.  Len serves on the Board of the Idaho Bond Bank Authority and the Idaho Credit Rating Enhancement Committee.  He also serves on the Boards of Heritage Health, the Boys and Girls Club of Kootenai County, Kootenai Electric Trust, the Legislative Committee of the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry and Kootenai Bridge Academy (Charter School Board of Directors).  Len is the Co-Chair of the Post Falls Chamber of Commerce’s Public Policy Committee and is active in several veterans’ organizations.

Len is an advocate of transparency and the prudent use of the public funds.  He favors the use of Urban Renewal to enhance job creation and support the expansion of the local economy.  Len has been a resident of Post Falls since 1999.

Collin Coles

Appointed:  January 2013
Term Ends:  December 2022

Collin received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Idaho in 1978.  He worked for the City of Post Falls and Kootenai County and is a retired City Planner.  He continues to do consulting work for the City of Kellogg.

Collin and his family have lived in Post Falls for over 40 years.  He is currently a member of the Kootenai County Planning Commission.

Christi Fleischman

Appointed:  April 2020
Term Ends:  December 2022

Christi is Co-Owner and Client Relations Manager at Knock Marketing and Design.  Her business development, project management, design aesthetic, civic engagement and public service experience brought her to the Post Falls Urban Renewal Agency Commission. 

Christi has been civically involved in past community projects including:  Benches for Bus Stops, Kootenai County Young Professionals (past President), Post Falls Library Foundation (past Vice-President) and is a former Post Falls Rotary President.

Christi is an active Post Falls Rotarian and serves on the Post Falls Public Policy Committee and the Post Falls Chamber Board of Directors.  She is a 2018 graduate of the River City Leadership Program.  In 2019, Christi was awarded Soroptimist Business Woman of the Year and Rotarian of the Year. 

In her “spare time” Christi delivers Meals on Wheels for the Post Falls Senior Center. 

She has lived in Post Falls since 2003 with husband, Dave and teenage son.

Christi is passionate about how the Post Falls community can thrive through the use of Urban Renewal.

Eric Clemensen

Appointed:  December 2018
Term Ends:  December 2023

Eric began his public service in 1984 as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps after earning a Business Administration degree from the University of Kansas.  While on active duty, he served in a variety of ground combat, anti-terrorism, training management and aviation assignments.  Following his military service, Eric was appointed a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation assigned to the Coeur d’Alene Resident Agency in 1997.  During his law enforcement career he focused on complex criminal investigations, frequently collaborating with other federal, state and local agencies.

Since his retirement in 2017, Eric has volunteered as a Guardian and Litem for North Idaho CASA advocating for abused and neglected children.  He is also a member of Panhandle Health District “Citizen Review Panel”, empowered by the Idaho Legislature to evaluate the child welfare/child protection system and recommend programmatic enhancements.

Eric and his wife Lisa moved to Post Falls in 2016 and enjoy various outdoor pursuits together.  They have four adult children.

Melissa Hjeltness

Appointed:  December 2021
Term Ends:  December 2025

Melissa was born in Coeur d’Alene and grew up in Post Falls, Id. She has lived all of her life in Post Falls, except for 2 years lived in Hayden, Id. She graduated from Post Falls High School. She is married to Dr. Kirk Hjeltness, a local physician. She is a local realtor of 10 years and has her license at Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty. She has served on the Spring Dash board for 5 years and volunteers at numerous sporting events.

Joseph Johns, Executive Director

Joseph has been in public service in Kootenai County for over 25 years, with extensive experience in land records and government administration. He has a M.A. from the University of Idaho and B.A. from the University of Arkansas. He was hired as Executive Director for the Agency in October, 2021.

Joseph has been married to his wife Brenda for 32 years and they have 2 adult children born and raised here in beautiful North Idaho.

Pete Bredeson, Legal Counsel

Pete is a graduate of Coeur d’Alene High School and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Montana State University-Billings in 1997. He later attended the University of Montana School of Law, receiving his Juris Doctorate degree in 2001. In 2009, he founded Bredeson Law Group. Pete and his family reside in Coeur d’Alene.

Monthly Workshops

Workshops are held on an “as needed” basis.  When a workshop is deemed necessary it will be held on Tuesday one week prior to the Full Commission Meeting.  The purpose of the workshop is  to review and discuss activities of the Agency and upcoming Agenda items with all the Commissioners as opposed to individual committee meetings.  The standing committees will meet on an as needed basis.

Standing Committees of the Post Falls Urban Renewal Agency

Committees serve the purpose of streamlining processes of the PFURA.  While all final decisions are made by the entire Commission, the Agency’s decisions are supported by the research and recommendations from the following standing committees:

Finance and Policy Committee (Meets as Chair determines)

Initiate and be the clearing house for all Agency policies, handle investments, financing proposals, allocation of tax increments, interface with other taxing districts, oversight of recovery of Occupancy Tax from prior years and related matters. Task Forces are encouraged.


  • Len Crosby, Chair
  • Eric Clemensen, Member
  • Christi Fleischman, Member

District Review Committee (Meets as Chair determines)

Focus on review and evaluation of all existing Districts. Develop and oversee Small User Program and consider Agency initiatives in existing districts. Committee will also be focal point for the Agency’s East Post Falls District.  Use of Task Forces is encouraged.


  • Collin Coles, Chair
  • Jame’ Davis, Member
  • Melissa Hjeltness, Member

Communication, Property & Personnel Committee (Meets as Chair determines)

Focus on quarterly evaluation of staff, Benefits program for next FY, benefits and pay package for staff, logistical needs including FF&E and office space. Committee will also focus on communication plan. Committee interfaces with Finance Committee on funding issues. Task Forces as deemed appropriate (benefits, insurance, communication, etc.)


  • Jame’ Davis, Chair
  • Christi Fleischman, Member
  • Melissa Hjeltness, Member

Special Projects & Programs Committee (Meets on an as-needed basis as the Agency Chairman determines)

Subcommittee:  3-on-3

Comprised of three Commission members and three City Council members, the focus will be on communication with the City of Post Falls, new program development, Agency initiatives and  demonstration projects. Committee will make extensive use of Task Forces.


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