Proven leadership through open and inclusive collaboration
Dedicated to preserving Eagle’s family oriented community
Long-term planning for balanced growth
Maintaining and open-door policy to hear all the issues
Open budget process to reflect citizen priorities and transparency
Working with all constituents to identify and address the growth and transportation challenges
Provide support for existing businesses
Mayor Reynolds first arrived in Idaho in 1969, a Captain in the United States Air Force, fresh from a tour at Udorn, Thailand where he flew 110 combat missions in the Phantom RF-4C. He soon fell in love with the people and the lifestyle, and when the Air Force transferred him to another state, he resolved to return and make a life here.
Raised principally in the south and Washington D.C. area, he has a bachelor degree in communications from the University of Maryland. Leaving the Air Force, Jim moved to Denver where he met and married Joanie Johnson, a realtor who sold him a home. Family circumstances required a move to Florida where Jim worked for the State of Florida, entered Stetson University’s MBA program and started a family. His natural inclination led him toward sales and marketing, where he enjoyed a successful sales career, including corporate business jets for Cessna Citation. He returned to Boise with his wife and family in the early 1980’s.
The Boise economic climate was seriously challenged then as well. He worked with two colleagues in the early personal computer business at a very volatile time in that industry. That relationship led to consulting work and later, taking over the operations of the bankrupt Powder River Company of Provo, Utah. Providence smiled on their efforts. The dedicated work force and a distributor network eager for the lines to succeed, allowed the company to turn a healthy operating profit after the first year.
That success led to the next opportunity with Ryko Manufacturing of Grimes, IA. Ryko was the Country’s largest manufacturer of a full line of vehicle wash equipment. Their largest customers were major oil companies. Their development of in-bay car wash units became enormously successful across the entire United States. Jim soon found himself chosen to revive the failing 13-state northeast division. As with most turn-around situations, the process took several years. Fresh and motivated sales and service teams were eager to be coached. The division became profitable, then the winner of numerous sales and service awards.
After 14 years with the company, Jim had the opportunity to move his family to a warmer climate. Ryko’s largest distributor was struggling with market changes and offered Jim the vice president position in Atlanta, Georgia. After 10 years in the Atlanta area, Jim decided it was time for semi-retirement and the opportunity to return to Idaho, as he and his wife Joanie had always promised each other. Eagle became their focus and they moved here in 2008. To stay busy, Jim worked with the 2010 Census, and it was there that a colleague suggested he submit his resume for the vacant mayoral position. As he began attending City Council meetings, Jim became more and more interested in doing what he could to help Eagle through the challenging time ahead. He was appointed mayor in October 2010 and elected to a full term in November 2011
Joanie and Jim live in Eagle and have three grown daughters: Jennifer who lives in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Jamie in Albany, NY and Julie in Columbus, OH. Both he and Joanie are Toastmasters, former Rotarians and interested in health and physical fitness.