First pardons of Little administration. Gov. Brad Little has issued two pardons in accordance with the unanimous recommendation of the Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole.

Each of the individuals pardoned paid their debt to society, did not commit any subsequent felonies or misdemeanors and made exemplary contributions to their communities through business, volunteerism, and community leadership after fulfilling their sentence.

Fred Charles Wiley of Elmore County was charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance in 1981. He was sentenced to one to two years in prison and released on parole in 1984, fully satisfying his sentence in 1985. Wiley ran a successful BMW motorcycle business in Boise for 40 years, regularly servicing the motorcycle fleet of the Boise Police Department and donating frequently to local charities. Multiple judges and law enforcement officers wrote to the commission on his behalf in support of the pardon.

Kenneth James Taylor of Pocatello was charged and sentenced for Delivery of a Controlled Substance in 1992 and sentenced to two to five years in prison. Taylor fully satisfied the sentence in 1998. Since then, Taylor earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees and has worked as a substance abuse/domestic violence counselor, volunteering his time with veterans, in Narcotics Anonymous, and in jails in eastern Idaho

“The goal of the criminal justice system is to punish the crime and rehabilitate offenders,” Little said. “Mr. Wiley and Mr. Taylor have demonstrated how the system can succeed through their service and dedication to their communities following their sentences. Their effort to better themselves and those around them was a key factor in my decision to grant these pardons.”

Tom Harris will lead Tax Commission. Gov. Little has appointed Tom Harris of Eagle to serve as the new chairman of the Idaho State Tax Commission.

Harris retired in 2018 as president of Western States Equipment after 45 years with the company. He will lead three other governor-appointed tax commissioners in the management of the agency. The Tax Commission’s duties include informing taxpayers about tax obligations and enforcing Idaho's laws to ensure fairness.

“Tom is a businessman and strategic thinker with strong leadership skills, and I am confident he will lead the Tax Commission with an eye for efficiency and customer service,” Little said. “I am grateful for Tom’s willingness to serve the people of Idaho in his new role.” Harris’ term starts on May 8 and expires in 2025. He succeeds outgoing chairman, Ken Roberts.

Governor renews Idaho Medal of Achievement executive order, calls for nominations by Aug. 5. Gov. Little has issued Executive Order 2019-04, renewing the Idaho Medal of Achievement, Idaho’s highest civilian honor. He also called on Idahoans to submit nominations for recipients of the Idaho Medal of Achievement by August 5, 2019.

“The Idaho Medal of Achievement recognizes the most noteworthy citizens among us who have accomplished remarkable feats and demonstrated notable service to the people of our state,” Little said.

Past recipients of the Idaho Medal of Achievement include Gov. Phil Batt, human rights advocate Marilyn Shuler, and astronaut and teacher Barbara Morgan.

All medal nominees must be current or deceased Idaho residents who have acted in ways through their lifetime to bring great honor to Idaho. More than one medal may be awarded at one time.

The Idaho Medal of Achievement is made from 99.9-percent fine silver donated by the Hecla Mining Company located in Coeur d’Alene.

The Idaho Medal of Achievement Commission is chaired by former Idaho Supreme Court Justice Linda Trout and includes six other members: Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin, Barbara Morgan, Skip Oppenheimer, Kirk Sullivan, Sarah Bedke, and Todd Brinkmeyer. The commission evaluates nominees and submits no more than five names to the governor, who decides the final recipients.

Nominations can be mailed to the Governor’s Office or submitted through the Governor’s web site at https://gov.idaho.gov/idaho-medal-of-achievement/ by August 5.

Public events on governor’s calendar  

TUESDAY, May 7, 2019 

Governor Little will issue a proclamation for Public Employee Recognition Week and State Employee Recognition Day and hand out ice cream sandwiches to state employees on the Capitol Steps at 1:15 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, May 8, 2019

Governor Little will speak at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Southeast Idaho Behavioral Crisis Center in Pocatello at 11:00 a.m.

SATURDAY, May 11, 2019

Governor Little will speak at the University of Idaho commencement ceremony in Moscow at 9:30 a.m.