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Former Meridian police officer John Overton selected for vacant council seat

Pending confirmation, former Meridian police officer John Overton will be sworn in Tuesday evening to represent District 4 on Meridian City Council. This comes after the departure of Treg Bernt, who was elected to the state senate. 

Overton served as a police officer for 27 years for the Meridian Police Department and was a lieutenant until he retired in 2017. While serving, Overton oversaw the Criminal Investigative Division, was involved in the city budget process, and assisted with establishing the Meridian Anti-Drug Coalition. 

“John has a lifetime of experience as a resident and employee in public safety that will be a great benefit to the Meridian City Council. He understands the history of our community and the complex challenges we are facing with regards to growth. His unique perspective will be a great addition to conversations regarding land use and transportation impacts. I worked with John for 10 years and can say he was one of the finest individuals who made his career out of building bridges and I’m confident he is the right person to represent our community in District 4,” Mayor Robert Simison said.

Since retiring, Overton has served on the Woodbridge Homeowners Association and has been the president for the last three years. He has been a Meridian resident for 45 years, graduating from Meridian High School and later Boise State University. 

“I am honored by this opportunity. Representing the great men and women of this community as a Meridian City Council member gives me the privilege and responsibility to provide a service that will help shape Meridian’s future. Meridian is an amazing community while also being one of the fastest growing cities in the country and a place I am proud to call home,” Overton said. “I appreciate the trust extended to me with this opportunity and responsibility, and I’m ready to work with community members, council members, Mayor, and staff in building upon our strong foundation of excellence.”

Mayor Simison, Council President Brad Hoaglun, and Vice-President Joe Borton interviewed the applicants. 

“I was pleased to participate in the vetting process to find a new city council member for District 4. It was important to find someone who understands the community, the challenges we face, and has a desire to continue making Meridian a great place to live and work,” Hoaglun said. “I look forward to supporting John as he takes on this new role. His strong commitment to service and the experience he brings will be a great asset to our city council and the community.”

Council will discuss the potential appointment of Overton during the 6 p.m. meeting tonight. With approval, Overton would serve as a council member until the end of 2023.

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Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson is a BoiseDev reporter focused on Meridian and McCall. Contact her at [email protected].

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