LEWISTON – Due to the Town of Lewiston’s reorganization plans, Lewiston City Council will consider a severance and job release agreement between the town and Dan Marsh at its regular meeting on Monday, March 14, 2022.
Marsh is the city’s chief administrative officer, chief financial officer, and city treasurer. “The city also wishes to express its sincere gratitude for Marsh’s 25 years of dedicated service during this time,” a statement from the city of Lewiston said.
“Mr. Marsh has served the City honorably and effectively as Director of Administrative Services,” said Mayor Johnson. in Financial Reporting. This prestigious national award recognizes compliance with the highest standards in the preparation of local government financial reports.”
“I love working for the City of Lewiston and appreciate the hard work of staff, city partners and the entire community,” Marsh said.
Marsh has served the City and the residents of Lewiston for 25 years. His roles come with several high-level responsibilities, including:
• act as director of the budget, director of finance, director of investments and treasurer of the City;
• Serve as the primary financial advisor to all City departments, providing oversight, advice, mentoring and coaching to all City staff;
• produce the city’s annual budget and ensure its accuracy;
• ensure the protection of city assets against theft, errors and miscalculations by maintaining the city’s internal controls;
• ensure the completion of the year-end audit report and related closing process (the full audit report is approximately 270 pages and includes reports on all city finances for the public, council and the staff) ; and
• Work directly with the Idaho State Tax Commission on all matters related to property and sales taxes as well as Urban Renewal Agency revenue.
“The City’s finances are stronger than ever, and Mr. Marsh has been an integral part of that success,” said Mayor Johnson.
In addition to her primary job responsibilities, Marsh maintains a career goal to provide financial transparency and exceptional customer service to the citizens of Lewiston. The state of Idaho now uses transparency software known as OpenGov and it will soon be the way to report city finances directly to the state. Lewiston was a leader in this area as the first government entity in Idaho to purchase OpenGov and use the software.
Marsh has spent countless hours researching and developing programs that help council and staff keep money in taxpayers’ pockets. He founded the city’s current self-insured medical health insurance program, which serves more than 300 city employees. The fund has about $6.5 million in reserves and has saved taxpayers $100,000 a year by limiting very small premium increases. In 2006, Marsh recommended a self-insured workers’ compensation fund which was approved and now provides coverage for all employees. This fund has proven to be very effective; it currently stands at around $2.6 million, which would otherwise have been paid out to insurance companies.
Marsh is a founding member of the Urban Renewal Agency (URA), which promotes economic development by helping to improve vacant, underused and degraded land, and has served as its secretary and treasurer since its inception in 1999. A total of seven URA Zones have since been established and funded, and three of these zones have been closed due to early debt repayment and project completion.
Acting as a liaison to the staff of the city’s police audit committee and pension board, Marsh manages multimillion-dollar funds with the now fully funded police pension fund, freeing up $1 million. dollars that is currently being used to help street projects.
“The city has virtually no debt and the lowest tax levy in 37 years. This is an achievement that the staff, community and council members can be very proud of,” Marsh said. there are still many projects to be carried out and funding to meet these needs, but I am proud to have contributed to strengthening the finances of the city to the historic point where they are now.”
Completing the development of the community park is a project that Marsh is passionate about and confident will leave the community with a legacy and a gem for generations to come. He played a fundamental role in the development of the master plan for the community park and in the financial planning of the project.
Marsh served as interim city manager for over a year, from 2010 to 2011, and he was deputy city manager for most of his career. From 2021 to 2022, Marsh served as president of the Idaho City Managers Association.
Marsh’s civic and community engagement includes:
• working with young athletes, coaching and refereeing football for all of northern Idaho and much of eastern Washington for 30 years;
• Serve as Football Commissioner for 14 years, coordinating with District 2 officials and schools;
• was president and past officer of the St. Joseph Regional Hospital Foundation and served on the hospital’s audit and finance committee;
• serve in the associations of Rotary and Lions Clubs;
• Serve on the Twin County United Way Board of Directors;
• have worked as a chartered accountant for many years;
• serve on the Lewiston High School Booster Board;
• serve on the Vandal Booster Board of the University of Idaho; and
• Served on the Education Council of the Lewiston Independent Foundation for six years.
Dan and his wife Lisa have three children and six grandchildren and enjoy many outdoor activities and sports.
“We love the Lewiston community and are proud to call it home,” Marsh said.