Councilman Keir Scoubes Selected to Attend the Inter-American Defense College


June 7, 2020 

Spanish Fork, UT — Spanish Fork City Councilman Keir Scoubes, in his role as a Colonel in the Utah Army National Guard, announced during Tuesday night’s City Council meeting that he has been selected to attend the Inter-American Defense College (IADC) in Washington D.C. and will be resigning from the City Council after the June 15 City Council meeting.

The IADC, or senior service college, is the highest level of professional military education in the defense management enterprise. Only senior officers who demonstrate the potential for positions of significantly increased responsibility are selected for senior service college, which has the purpose of preparing leaders for strategic-level duties and responsibilities.

Colonel Scoubes was selected for the senior service college due to his exceptional leadership, military experience, language capacity, and performance in the intelligence field. He was one of approximately 200 officers to be hand-selected for the IADC at Ft. McNair, Washington D.C.

Scoubes has been in the Utah Army National guard since 1997 and is currently an educator for Nebo School District teaching at Salem Hills High School. For the past three terms, Scoubes served as a member of the Spanish Fork City Council and will step down from elected office on June 15 in preparation for his move to D.C.

“It has been one of my greatest honors to serve the City of Spanish Fork for the past 12 years,” Councilmember Scoubes said. “I’ve been extremely fortunate to get elected and serve the community in a real and intimate way.” 

“When I was deployed to Iraq and later to Afghanistan, I was amazed how everyone in Spanish Fork was so supportive of my family,” Scoubes commented. “I ran for office as a way to give back to those who did so much for me and my family.”

During his tenure on the City Council, Spanish Fork City welcomed Costco and other commercial and retail development into the Canyon Creek area, the City unveiled a new brand featuring Pride & Progress, Station 62 and Adventure Heights All-Abilities Park were designed and constructed, and many more. 

“I’ve been serving with Keir all 12 of his years on the Council and appreciate what he stands for and the man he is,” Mayor Steve Leifson remarked. “I will miss serving with him but am thrilled for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity he has been given. I’m confident he will make us and our nation proud.”