Leslie Van Beek
Commissioner District 1
Our mission is to serve the public with honesty and integrity, to provide affordable and efficient government services, and to promote values that ensure quality of life for present and future generations of Canyon County residents.
PERSONAL MISSION STATEMENT
I am committed to honest and fair representation of Canyon County citizens. Top priorities include understanding the changing needs of our County and finding efficient and affordable ways to meet those needs through the services Canyon County provides. Core values include hard work, ethics and civility in government.
The office of County Commissioner is guided by applicable state and local laws as outlined in Idaho Code Title 31. Within those guidelines, I strive for professionalism, collaboration, respect for employees, stakeholders, and the public.
- Build positive relationships with department administrators, fellow elected officials, county employees, and the public.
- Encourage the development of 5-year plans within each department to provide a path forward on knowing what to fund and when with the greatest needs prioritized first.
- To leave a legacy of great leadership through education, dedicated service, and productivity.
Core principles are built on a foundation of trust, respect, honesty, and transparency. I will lead with positivity and clearly defined expectations. Truth and accountability are critical to the success of Canyon County.
- To lead with vision
- To use tax payer dollars wisely, efficiently and transparently
- To lead by example and serve with integrity
- To be present and productive
I’m proud to say I’m an Idaho native, born and raised in the Treasure Valley. Growing up, I attended school in Nampa graduating as a “Bulldog” from the only high school in Nampa in 1980. I went on to attend Northwest Nazarene College (now University) and later transferred to Boise State University graduating with a degree in Health Science and a minor in Biology. My work experience includes time in banking, retail and public relations most notably as an assistant to the president of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce where I helped with the annual Pasadena Rose Bowl Parade.
Although I grew up in Nampa, I later moved to Caldwell when I married Dale Van Beek and together we’ve spent the last 20+ years farming and raising five children: Davis, Kramer, Wil, Harrison and Annie. As a stay-at-home wife and mom, I was heavily involved in the business operations of our small dairy farm and investing in our children. We have always counted the time we spent milking cows, digging corrugates, spraying weeds and walking along our quiet road some of the best and most memorable events that have helped shape each of our lives.
While we are not actively farming today, we are still involved in agriculture. Dale works for Simplot Grower Solutions and all of our children have benefitted from the career development and leadership development opportunities afforded through the 4-H and FFA programs. Our children are all but grown. As one journey of service ends, another journey of service has just begun. In the fall of 2017, I was encouraged to run for office and use my desire to serve and make a difference in county government. I attended campaign school and subsequently filed with the Secretary of State. At the same time, I recognized the need for additional training and enrolled at Boise State University and am actively pursuing a master’s certification in Conflict Management and Negotiation.
This has been an amazing and rewarding journey from candidate, to commissioner-elect, to now serving as your District 1 Commissioner. The people I have met, the desire to make a positive difference and the many opportunities to learn have been some of the highlights in serving as commissioner. From leadership to resource management, to learning the law, to land use—the job of commissioner is big but rewarding. My core values are rooted in faith, family, ethics and integrity. Thank you Canyon County for the privilege and opportunity to serve you today and for many years to come.
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March 13, 2019
June 12, 2019
July 10, 2019
September 11, 2019
December 11, 2019
February 12, 2020
March 11, 2020
June 10, 2020
August 12, 2020 (interview begins at approximately 1:15:33)
October 20, 2020 (interview begins at approximately 1:12:15)
January 13, 2021 (interview begins at approximately 47:15)
October 13, 2021 (interview begins at approximately 55:45)
Idaho Press (Jan. 4, 2020) – “Here’s what officials say they will focus on in 2020”
KIVI (Jan. 31, 2020) – “Canyon County unveils innovative jail for women made out of semi-trailers”
Idaho Press (Jan. 11, 2021) – “Canyon County sees first all-female commission”
Michael Shuey (ADS Design & Manufacturing V.P.), Kieran Donahue (Canyon County Sheriff), Leslie Van Beek (Commissioner District 1), Anthony Kelly (ADS President), Daren Ward (CCSO Jail Commander) Timothy Kelly (ADS Executive V.P.)
On Friday, January 31, 2020, Canyon County Commissioners, the media, the Prosecuting Attorney and Public Defenders office along with a handful of elected officials and County employees were privileged to tour the almost-completed POD 6 facility which is scheduled to house female inmates as early as March. The project, which has been almost two years in the making, has been a coordinated effort between the Canyon County, the City of Caldwell, All Detainment Solutions (ADS), Canyon County taxpayers, the Board of County Commissioners and a host of others. Canyon County will be the first county in the nation with a facility of this size with this design. The all stainless steel interior has natural light from frosted windows in every cell with daylight LED fixtures, a central command and control station, a training room for work release, and varied classifications for housing inmates from maximum security to minimum security dormitory style housing.
I am privileged to be a part of the inauguration of the newest addition to public safety. Thank you to our City partners for granting the special use permit, our facilities department for coordinating the details of the project, our jail commander for serving as liaison between Canyon County and ADS and key stakeholders who saw the vision. This front runner project will change the face of incarceration.
1115 Albany St. Rm101
Caldwell, ID 83605
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