It’s about 6 p.m.

Warren Christensen just got off work training for his new job at Idaho Central Credit Union. He rushes home to see his children quickly before his meeting with Kuna Melba News at Moxie Java in Kuna.

He sips a 16 oz mocha.

“Nothing like a warm late night drink,” he says with a smile.

Christensen was elected in November to serve a four-year term on the Kuna City Council. The position is compensated $9,000 per year.

After running three previous times, this fourth time proved to be the charm for Christensen. He was sworn in Jan. 2.

WHO’S WARREN CHRISTENSEN?

Christensen was about five years old when his family moved from Pocatello to Kuna.

Growing up in Kuna in the 1990s, Christensen was part of a small town of about 1,500 people.

As a child, Christensen said much of his free time was spent building and playing in forts, bird hunting and boogie boarding on Indian Creek.

For Christensen, youth had a lot of free rein.

“You could go to the gas station store at 2 a.m. to buy candy and no cop would show up,” he said. “No harm, no foul.”

Later, Christensen and some friends built a rope swing on a concrete tower near Indian Creek. It was there for several years before someone required it to be taken down, possibly, Christensen said, before someone got really hurt.

“That’s the Kuna I think a lot of people remember,” Christensen said. “And I think part of the frustration (toward) growth is people worry they will forget that.”

Christensen lives with his wife and their three children, aged 3-11. They raise “awesome” chickens and ducks in the backyard.

The family also has a 3-year-old black lab puppy, “a monsterous headache yet the biggest sweetheart,” Christensen describes, and a Calico cat.

Christensen said he’s never been much of a cat person, but, for Tinkerbell, he makes an exception. When they first got married, Christensen and his wife were living in an apartment, so they couldn’t have a dog. Christensen told his wife she could get a cat, as long as it behaved like a dog.

Tinkerbell did not disappoint.

“When you whistle, she comes,” Christensen said, “and she gives you kisses. I’m not a cat person, but I am a Tinkerbell person.”

The oldest of four children, three of them girls, Christensen said his family always thought he’d be the one to leave Kuna. Twenty-eight years later, he hasn’t.

It’s his children, Christensen said, that have motivated him to stay in Kuna and be involved in the Kuna community.

Over the years Christensen has coached his son’s third- and fourth-grade basketball teams, led a Cub Scout Webelos troop through his church and been a church youth leader for ages 12-18.

Now as a member services specialist, or teller, with ICCU, Christensen hopes to offer his expertise in finance, what he got his degree in, to the Kuna community.

Of course, Christensen said, he also hopes to serve the community on Kuna City Council.

“I was surprised to take the top vote,” Christensen said, “But I think that’s because I was not afraid to speak up. Now I have to maintain that.”

Alx Stevens is the reporter for Kuna Melba News. Contact her at 208-922-3008 or editor@kunamelba.com.

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