Mayor Tammy de Weerd, a third-generation Idahoan, has served as the Mayor of Meridian since January of 2004. She has lived in Meridian and been an active volunteer in the community for nearly two decades, serving the citizens of Meridian in an array of voluntary and elected capacities. She brings to the office extensive experience as an elected official, community volunteer and businesswoman.
Tammy was a charter member and first president of the Meridian Parks and Recreation Commission, and served two years on the Planning and Zoning Commission before her election to Meridian City Council in 1999. She served 4 years on Meridian City Council, 2 as Council President. Tammy was first elected Mayor on November 3, 2003, then re-elected to a second term on November 6, 2007.
After taking office in January 2004, Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd immediately went to work implementing priorities. “This is a time of new possibilities in the City of Meridian,” she said. Her list of goals include providing the best possible services to citizens; increasing citizen involvement; expanding parks and recreational opportunities; preserving safety; and enhancing the City's economic development efforts to provide jobs, diversity in housing, places to shop and top quality redevelopment of downtown Meridian.
During her tenure, Tammy and her leadership team have established policies and initiatives to improve the quality of life for all Meridian residents. She has united the leaders of business, education, youth and the faith community and, as a result, Meridian has been recognized twice in Newsweek as one of America’s 100 Best Places for Young People and was listed as one of the 100 Best Places to Live in CNN/Money magazines.
While in office she has served on a number of regional boards and commissions and chaired the Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho. She is a strong advocate for regional solutions on a number of issues that challenge our valley – transportation, drug prevention, air quality, economic development, and others. Her regional and state involvements include the Treasure Valley Air Quality Council, Treasure Valley Partnership, Blueprint for Good Growth, Urban Land Institute, Boise Valley Economic Partnership, where she chairs the Business Retention Committee, and Association of Idaho Cities, where she chairs the Drug Task Force.
Recognizing the city’s greatest asset -- the talents of its people -- she works along with the leaders of business, education, youth, seniors, and the faith community. She founded the Meridian Boys & Girls Club Advisory Committee, serves as a Board Member for the Ada County Boys & Girls Club, served on the Police Activities League (PAL) Executive Board, and has been an advisor to the Meridian Senior Center for six years. She was the Idaho-Utah K-Kids Kiwanis International District Administrator for six years.
Tammy has been repeatedly recognized for her leadership roles and making a difference in the community. Tammy has been Kiwanian of the Year for the Meridian Kiwanis Club and Woman of the Year by Meridian Chamber of Commerce. In 2002, Governor Dirk Kempthorne recognized Tammy as Idaho's first Individual "Brightest Star" for her efforts to build a better community at home in Meridian and statewide on behalf of families and children.
Her vision and coalition-building skills reflect her commitment to active partnerships between government and the private sector. Tammy looks to the future, making decisions that continue to lead Meridian to be a ‘premier place to live, work, and raise a family.’ “We are poised to climb new heights.” She believes, “Teamwork and partnerships are key to the City’s future.”
Tammy and her husband Jan have four children.
To contact Mayor Tammy:
Phone: (o) 208-489-0529
Address: 33 E. Broadway Avenue
Meridian, Idaho 83642
Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council
Civic/Community Center Task Force
Mayor’s Economic Development Task Force
Mayor’s Anti-Drug Coalition
Meridian Chamber of Commerce Board
Meridian Transportation Task Force
Emergency Management Committee
Meridian Senior Center
Friends of Meridian Parks Board
Golf for Parks
Boys & Girls Club of Ada County Board Member
Economic Development Council
Parents as Teachers Advisory Board
COMPASS – Chair Elect
Communities in Motion Steering Committee
Blue Print for Good Growth Coalition
Treasure Valley Partnership – Officer
Association of Idaho Cities Board Member
District 3 Representative
Boise Valley Economic Partnership Board Member
Valley Initiative for Prosperity (VIP) Committee
Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board
Governor’s Treasure Valley Air Quality Council
Governor’s Coordinating Council for Families and Children
Brightest Stars Committee – Co-Chair
Boise State University West Campus Advisory Group
Health Care Advisory Partnership (HCAP)
Idaho Transportation Department’s ‘Team Idaho’