City Council Members

Council President Roger Saterfiel

Roger SaterfielStatesman – that’s the term that describes Roger Saterfiel, both figuratively and literally. In his capacity as former Director of Kootenai County’s Solid Waste Department, a position he held for over 10 years, he was tasked with providing a delicate balance between caring for the earth, and disposing of solid waste for our burgeoning county. When the Department began 28 years ago, his perspective was from the back of a garbage truck. That experience gave him insight that was invaluable, when dealing and supervising 60 employees for the Solid Waste Department.

Roger brings many of his strengths as former Director to Hayden’s City Council. He enjoys and responds well to people, he is an excellent listener, and appreciates hearing a wide variety of opinions. He is outstanding at building consensus out of diversity and bringing people together, as was demonstrated by his ability to convince the Mayor and Council of Coeur d’Alene to bring sewer services to the County Fairgrounds. He also facilitated the Methane Gas to Energy project at the Fighting Creek Landfill between the county and Kootenai Electric, Roger spearheaded numerous recycling programs for the county and cities within. These strengths are critical to us now, as Hayden struggles to establish its separate identity as a star in North Idaho’s crown.

Roger is currently the Hayden Council President and has served as Council President for six years out of his eight years on the board. He served 10 years on the North Idaho Fair & Rodeo Board, four of those years as chairman. He has been the President of the Idaho Fair & Rodeo Association, and the President of the Idaho Solid Waste Association. He has participated in many work-related state and local committees such as CRT Recycling, Wage Study, and Employee Recognition. In addition, he has served for three years on Hayden’s own Planning & Zoning Commission.

Both Roger and his wife Stephanie were raised in Kootenai County. Hayden has been home for them for 27 years, where they raised their son and daughter. Roger is a strong champion of his home town, and his vision for Hayden is very bright. His vision as he quotes, “We have a unique opportunity to create a downtown that is rivaled by none, our recreational opportunities are unlimited, we have the best staff available to create vision that supplies the needs of our citizens with the services that are required and services that are wanted for the future,” “We can grow and prosper and still keep our sense of community.”

Council Seat #3; Term expires: 2024

Contact Information:

Mail:  8930 N. Government Way, Hayden, Idaho  83835
City Hall:  (208) 772-4411
Email:  rsaterfiel@cityofhaydenid.us


Councilwoman Jeri DeLange

Jeri DeLangeQuiet integrity, extreme dedication, and an on-going willingness to serve, are words that help to define Jeri DeLange.  Her gentle demeanor and diminutive stature belie the powerhouse of vision and experience that reside within, but these characteristics become evident when reviewing her impressive involvement in local government and civic service.

 A resident of Hayden for the past twelve years, DeLange’s current employment takes her to the Silver Valley, where she was born and raised.  She serves as Assistant to the Executive Director of the Basin Environmental Improvement Project Commission.  The commission was established by the Idaho State Legislature to implement, direct and/or coordinate environmental remediation, natural resource restoration, and related measures to address water quality and heavy metal contamination in the Coeur d'Alene Basin.

This is the most recent assignment in a lengthy work history for entities involved in mining and land use.  Her experience gives DeLange a comprehensive overview of critical environmental impact issues, which specifically enhances her ability to provide vision in the development of Hayden’s growth.

Her civic involvement has placed her in Chamber of Commerce service to the communities of Hayden, Coeur d’Alene, Rathdrum, and Silver Valley.  She has been a delegate to Washington D.C. for Idaho Women in Timber, has served as Team Captain and Grant Panel Judge for United Way, and has participated in the Association of Idaho Cities.

DeLange is especially pleased about the success of Hayden's Government Way and Downtown Revitalization Project.  It's a huge boost for the community, and will help draw many people to the downtown area in the years to come.  “My vision for the City of Hayden is to keep its vitality, continue to be progressive, but still maintain its small-town character and friendliness”, she states.  She also looks forward to the expansion of the City’s parks, and the continued development of recreational activities for the community.

She and her husband, Barry, have five children and six grandchildren.  They selected Hayden as their home because of what DeLange sees as Hayden’s strongest assets – its citizens, volunteers, and its quality of life.  She considers it a deep honor to serve her chosen hometown as it faces the challenges of tremendous growth.

Council Seat #4; Term expires: 2022

Contact Information:
Mail:  8930 N. Government Way, Hayden, Idaho  83835
City Hall:  (208) 772-4411
Cell: (208) 699-6494
Email: jdelange@cityofhaydenid.us


Councilman Richard Panabaker

Richard PanabakerRichard C. “Dick” Panabaker is a life-long native of the Coeur d’Alene/Hayden area.  Public service in the community is not new to his family.  His grandfather, who brought the Panabaker family to this area in 1919, was elected mayor of Coeur d’Alene in 1940.  Dick Panabaker, who moved from Coeur d’Alene to Hayden in 1971, owned and operated Dick’s Upholstery business in Hayden for many years.  He will be one of the first people to tell you that someone who exercised the right to vote has more right to complain than someone who did not.  That is what drew him to get elected mayor of Hayden in 1988. 

During the 7 years he served as the City’s mayor, the Hayden community saw many changes through annexations, the enlargement of Honeysuckle Beach, rezoning to protect the airport, and a major expansion of sewer lines throughout the city.  In 1994, Mr. Panabaker was elected to serve as a county commissioner and continued to serve in that role until his retirement in 2004.  Those who know him can confirm that he is not one to sit idle for very long.  They can also confirm that his communication style is lighthearted and peppered with humor, while his passion for and commitment to making a difference are strong and serious.  Dick Panabaker will tell you he enjoys people and still believes today that everyone should do their part, from voting in each election to volunteering time in the community.  That is why he ran for City Council, and why he is looking forward to serving the citizens of Hayden. 

Council Seat #2; Term expires: 2022

Contact Information:
Mail:  8930 N. Government Way, Hayden, Idaho  83835
City Hall:  (208) 772-4411


Councilman Matthew Roetter

Matthew Roetter

Matthew Roetter was elected as your new Seat 1 City Council Member and was sworn in on January 10, 2016.

As a resident of Hayden for more than 35 years, married 38 years to his wife Karen, together they raised their three daughters Katie, Andrea and Tara. His five grandchildren are fifth generation Idahoans and his wife is United States Senator Mike Crapo’s District Representative. Matthew met Karen while they both attended the University of Idaho.

Mr. Roetter is an entrepreneur and incorporated his Hayden manufacturing business in 1988 which he started in his garage. He understands how difficult it is to start, maintain and grow a business. He welcomes new business to Hayden and plans to foster a business climate that will help create new jobs.

Over the past 18 years, Mr. Roetter worked as a fenestration expert witness and a consultant to law firms, contractors, insurance companies, manufacturers and consumers across the United States. Recently, he was retained by one of the largest developers in the world, The Irvine Company and rendered opinions of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings based on his review of the Connecticut State Attorney General’s investigative report. For approximately four years, Matthew served as a member of the Idaho Board of Medicine Medical Malpractice Prelitigation Panel. Additionally, he conducts special investigative projects for individuals, corporations, businesses and political office holders.    

Mr. Roetter enjoys the family friendly environment of Hayden and all the outdoor amenities it has to offer. He is an avid fly fisherman, organic vegetable gardener, white water river runner, backpacker, cross county skier and big game hunter. Matthew holds an Idaho State Big Game Record and Boone and Crocket record for a typical mule deer with a score of 189 5/8. He is also an active member of his Church and in local politics, serving on the Idaho State Republican Party Resolutions Committee for two years and four years as Kootenai County Republican State Committeeman.

 Matthew is passionate about being a voice for its citizens, making the best decision for them and keeping Hayden a great environment and safe place to raise a family.

Council Seat #1; Term expires: 2024

Contact Information:
Mail:  8930 N. Government Way, Hayden, Idaho  83835
City Hall:  (208) 772-4411
Email: mroetter@cityofhaydenid.us