Elected Officials

Mayor John Evans 

John Evans grew up and was educated in the Midwest.  A Vietnam veteran, John and his wife, Judy, were married in 1969 and have three grown children, twelve grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.  John and Judy moved their family to Idaho in 1975 and then to Garden City in 1988.

Since he arrived in Idaho, John has been primarily involved in the construction industry.  Since 1985 John has been in the residential real estate development business in Ada and Canyon Counties.  His current project is in Caldwell.  John has not engaged in any business activity in Garden City since his election to the city council in 1995.

Before he was elected Mayor in November of 2005, John served on the Garden City Planning & Zoning Commission from 1992-1995 and served on the Garden City city council from 1996-2005.  While on the City Council, John served several one-year terms as President of the City Council, Council liaison to the Garden City Police Department, and Council liaison to the Library Board, a position he held for ten years.  He also performed the council oversight function for the construction of the Police Department building in 1999 and the new City Hall/Library building in 2004.  John also serves on the boards of the Community Planning Association (COMPASS), Valley Regional Transit (VRT), the Idaho Counties Risk Management Program (ICRMP) Board, and serves as a Fourth Judicial District Magistrate Commission member. 

John and Judy enjoy hanging out with family and traveling to the coast and other points around the northwest.  When time permits, John enjoys cowboy action shooting. 

You may contact Mayor Evans at jevans@gardencityidaho.org or his assistant, Susanna Smith at ssmith@gardencityidaho.org


Council President James Page 

Growing up in a military family, James has called many places home. After his father’s military career ended, James’s family moved to Caldwell and then later to Meridian. James has called Western Idaho his home since 1985.

James earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice at Boise State University and his Juris Doctor from Concordia University School of Law. He is a proud member of the Idaho Bar. James’s career began at the Idaho Department of Correction and later at the Idaho Commission of Pardons & Parole. In those capacities, he learned the value of service and government accountability. James left government employment in 2003 to launch his business, providing legal services to government agencies and their partners.

James, his wife Tessie, and their children moved to Garden City in 2007. Whenever James is asked why he moved his family to Garden City, James points to the Boise River, miles of greenbelt, amazing restaurants, the craft beverage corridor, economic diversity, an eclectic mix of residents, and a vibrant sense of identity and community.

In 2014, Mayor John Evans appointed James to the Garden City Planning and Zoning Commission. In that capacity, James navigated the delicate zoning balance that sustains Garden City’s robust business interests, artist spaces, and residential communities. His love of land use and planning prompted James to accept Mayor Evans's appointment to the City Council in August 2019. Garden City voters elected James to retain his Council seat in 2019 and again in 2023.

You can contact Council Member James Page at jpage@gardencityidaho.org.


Council Member Teresa Jorgensen

Teresa is an Idaho native and moved to Garden City in 2011. In 2007 Teresa began her career in the photocopier industry. Previous work experience included 17 years in the semiconductor industry. She has volunteered with various organizations in the community and most recently serves on the Board of Directors for Lakeland Village Homeowners Association. 

Teresa was selected as one of the Idaho Business Review's Women of the Year in 2010. This award recognizes Idaho women whose successes in business and contributions to the community have set the pace for our region’s future. In 2017 Teresa was recognized by the WCA’s Tribute to Women in Industry.  

In September 2020, Mayor Evans appointed Teresa to complete the remaining term of Councilmember Elfreda Higgins’ term after her resignation.

Teresa likes to spend her leisure time traveling, sailinghiking in the foothills, and walking the Greenbelt. Teresa has three children and two fur babies.

You can contact Council Member Jorgensen at tjorgensen@gardencityidaho.org.


Council Member Bill Jacobs 

Jacobs is a businessman with 35 years of experience owning, managing, and developing businesses. He is the General Manager at FarWest Landscape and Garden Center. Jacobs earned his BA in Marketing from Seattle Pacific University and his MBA from California State Fullerton.  His work experience includes positions as a Global Logistics Manager at HP, VP of Client Services at MarkMonitor, and owner of Alloway Lighting. 

Bill is devoted to community service and currently serves on two YMCA boards, including the West Branch, where he served as the annual campaign fundraising chair. In addition to the YMCA, Bill volunteers at the Morrison Center and is a youth soccer coach. 

Jacobs enjoys hunting & fishing, tennis, biking, and serving in his church. Jacobs and his wife Kristen have been married for 33 years and have two adult daughters. Jacobs is fluent in Spanish, having lived in Latin America for 9 years. 

You may contact Bill at bjacobs@gardencityidaho.org


Council Member Kent Rasmussen

Rasmussen has spent most of his career years in wholesale and retail development for Hallmark Cards. Complementing this core experience are two notable periods in wine wholesaling and retailing, the latter of which is his current role at Albertsons.  Throughout his tenure with Hallmark, which commenced in Boise in 1997, Rasmussen and his family relocated multiple times to Seattle, Dallas, Kansas City, and Cincinnati metro areas.  In 2017, the chance to return to the Treasure Valley presented itself prompting him and his wife to choose Garden City for its appealing proximity to a wide array of amenities within the entire region.

For much of his career, he focused on market development and retail site analysis, leading to a broader interest in land use.  That experience led to his appointment by Mayor Evans to Garden City’s Planning and Zoning Commission in 2019 where he served as Chairman from 2022 until his installation as a city council member in January 2024.

Rasmussen takes great pride in championing youth sports, particularly contributing to the growth of water polo.  His involvement spanned coaching summer club teams, previously serving as the head coach for both boys and girls teams at an Ohio High School, and actively participated as a referee.

Kent and his wife Bonnie have been happily married for 29 years.  They have a daughter who lives in Colorado.  The Rasmussens enjoy hiking and exploring Idaho with their golden retriever, Piper.

You may contact him at krasmussen@gardencityidaho.org