State & Local Government

Boise is the capital and the most populous city of the State of Idaho. State and local government resources include:

Boise City Mayor’s Office
Boise City has a strong mayor-council form of government. The Mayor works full-time, managing the day-to-day operations of the City and providing leadership and policy direction to the City Council. The Mayor chairs all meetings of the City Council, voting only in the case of a tie. The six members of the City Council work part-time, holding budget and policy-setting authority for the City.

Idaho Department of Finance 
The Department of Finance was originally created by the State Legislature in 1905. The Director is appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Idaho Senate. To be appointed, the Director must have at least five years practical experience in the banking business or have served for a like period in the Banking Division of the Idaho Department of Finance or that of some other state. No one may serve as Director who is the owner of or financially interested in any bank or insurance corporation subject to the supervision of the Department. The Department is divided into four major Bureaus, one of which, Supporting Services, relates specifically to the operation of the Department. The other Bureaus are concerned with the enforcement of the regulatory statutes which the Department administers. Each of the four Bureaus is supervised by a Bureau Chief that reports to the Director.

Wassmuth Center for Human Rights
The mission of the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights is to “promote respect for human dignity and diversity through education and to foster individual responsibility to work for justice and peace.” The Center achieves this mission by providing educational programs for teachers and students, engaging in community leadership, partnering with business and industry, and advocating for human rights.

Legislature of the State of Idaho
Local members of the Idaho state Legislature are part-time Representatives and Senators and have been very generous with their time giving tours and explaining the legislative process.

City of Boise

Ada County

State of Idaho

Idaho State Capitol Building