Mayor and Council

City of Salmon Mayor, Todd Nelson

Mayor Todd Nelson's family moved to the Salmon area in 1956.  He was employed by KSRA Radio in the 90's. He is currently employed by Salmon School District and is the technical advisor for the Salmon Television District.  He has provided technical assistance to the City of Salmon, Lemhi County, the Salmon Arts Council and several other organizations in Lemhi County.

He was elected to serve as Mayor for a 4-Year Term beginning January 2024.

Phone:  (208) 756-3214
Fax:  (208) 756-4840
Address:  City Hall, 200 Main St., Salmon, ID 83467
Term Expires:  January 2028


Councilor Fred Waidely

Fred Waidely, elected by city residents in November of 2017, is a returnee to the Salmon City Council.

Waidely first served on the council from early in 2011 through 2015. After a two year hiatus he was elected in November of 2017 to serve a four year City Council term.  Fred was elected again in November of 2021 to serve another four year term.

In 2016, during his time away from the council, he and his wife Sue envisioned and successfully instigated the creation of a Veteran’s Memorial Park in downtown Salmon.

Waidely likes being involved in the community and found his seven years with the local City Planning and Zoning Commission, prior to his service on the council, to be a very rewarding and educational experience.  During the time he served on the commission the city’s Comprehensive Plan was rewritten and work began on revising City Development Codes which have since been adopted. Waidely describes the Comprehensive Plan as the city’s “Constitution” and the Development Code as what contains the laws to back up the Constitution.

Waidely was raised in Darby, Montana.  His Naval career took him away from the area for over 20 years.  He called himself, “…a career submarine sailor.”  Waidely in fact achieved the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer which equates to the most senior enlisted member of the U.S. Navy.  He then went on to work for the Department of Defense until he retired in 1990 and returned to Salmon.

He currently serves as the City Council President.

Phone:  208-756-4183
Fax:  208-756-4840
Address:  200 Main Street, Salmon, ID  83467

Term Expires:  January 2026

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Councilor Marti Bryant

Marti Bryant was born in Salmon, Idaho to Johnny and Nan Bryant. Growing up, Marti enjoyed running the river, swimming, softball, dance, skiing, ice hockey and student government. 

Currently, Marti works at Blackadar Boating with her brother and also part time as a dental hygienist.  She enjoys time with her husband Chris, gardening, stand up paddle boarding, rafting, travel, reading and the company of her family and friends

She was appointed by Mayor Nelson on January 3rd 2024 to fill his seat after becoming Mayor.

Term Expires January 2026

Councilor Russell "Russ" Chinske

Russ Chinske was elected to serve a four year term as City Councilor in the November 2013 election.  He was then asked to fill a vacant seat on Council in January 2021, which he accepted.  He was elected to serve a two year term beginning January 2022.

 Term Expires January 2028

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Councilor Margaret Glodowski

Margaret graduated Boise State University with a  BS in Communications,  Respiratory Therapy CRTT, and  Massage Therapy. She has created a business working with local Salmon Idaho River outfitters providing specialty trips and  actively seeks opportunities to help benefit the citizens of Salmon. 

Margaret's family has lived in Salmon since 1976. She comes from a long line of military family members and volunteered as the secretary when the Salmon VA clinic first opened up. She is currently a business owner of a massage clinic, an organizer and current coordinator of the hospital chaplain program and  she is a seasonal  AIRBNB owner. 

She was elected to a four-year term in the November 2021 election.

Term expires January 2026

Phone: (208) 756 2126

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Councilor Neal James

Neal James will be starting his second four-year term as City Councilor. He was first elected to the current council in 2015 for his second round of service to the community. He was a City Councilor for 12 years in the late 1980’s and early ‘90’s and served as Mayor for two years.

He was born in the Shady Nook Hospital and raised in Salmon where he graduated High School in 1961 then went on to attend Idaho State University.

He is well acquainted with the local business world having worked for many years as a meat cutter for B&B Foods then as owner of the Salmon River Inn from 1995 to 2015. Neal is now retired and willing to get reacquainted with city government.

He firmly believes, “If you want to know what’s going on, you have to get involved.” He also believes it’s important to have an opinion, as opposed to straddling the fence, since if you are wrong you can always change your mind.

City infrastructure is a primary concern for James as is being prepared for any system failures.

Term Expires:  January 2028

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Councilor Gene Gittleson

Gene Gittleson began his career in law enforcement oct. Of 1994 with the Lemhi County sheriff’s department.  Gene was a patrol deputy and during that time was the first deputy k-9 handler of lance certified in narcotics from 1996 to 1997. Gene then was appointed as jail commander for Lemhi County jail where he served 5 years. Gene then did a short stint with border patrol. Gene then took overseas and served in Iraq from 2006 to 2008 for international police trainer from Dyncorp.

Gene was hired with the salmon police department as a patrol Sgt. In 2010 where he served 13 years.

Gene won his seat on the council on the 2023 November 7th Election

Term Expires January 2028

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