Bud Cranor, Chief of Staff
Born and raised in Eastern Idaho, Bud Cranor came to the City of Idaho Falls after working for 15 years for the city of Henderson, Nevada, where served in various capacities including the Director of the Department of Communications and Council Support, Public Information, Special Assistant to the Mayor and Council, and Senior Communications Officer.
He served as the city’s spokesperson and directed the city’s public information efforts, including emergency communications, issue and crisis communications, public information and education, media liaison activities, employee communications and the city’s graphics, videography and photography, print shop and mail services center. During his tenure, he oversaw a staff of nearly 40 people and a multimillion-dollar budget responsible for the administrative and constituent affairs for the Henderson Mayor and Council. In addition, Cranor had administrative oversight of Contact Henderson, the city’s customer relationship management system.
Prior to his work in Henderson, Cranor served as the Director of Nevada Governor Kenny C. Guinn’s Southern Nevada Office and was a member of the governor’s senior staff from 1998 to 2003. In that capacity, he was the governor’s representative on the State Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission and was the liaison to the Division of Emergency Management and Department of Public Safety. He was the governor’s representative to the White House following the 9/11 tragedy to give input and receive briefings regarding the creation of the Department of Homeland Security.
Appointed by Governor Brian Sandoval in July 2013, Cranor was also a member of the Nevada State Board of Engineers and Land Surveyors. He also served on the APPLE Partnership Executive Committee, promoting reading and early childhood literacy.
He previously served on the Nevada Governor’s Merit Awards Board, the Nevada State Quarter Commission and the state of Nevada Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission. In addition, he served on the Clark County School District Emergency Response Plan Review Committee, the CCSD Bond Oversight Committee and the Voices in Voting board of directors.
In 2008, Cranor received the Golden Apple Award from CCSD for his support of literacy and education. The Henderson Community Foundation named him their 2005 Outstanding Citizen. In 2004, he received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from BYU-Idaho. He has also been recognized by the Public Relations Society of America and International Association of Business Communicators.
Eric Grossarth, Public Information Officer
Eric Grossarth is an experienced communications professional who joined the City of Idaho Falls team in 2022. Before joining the city, Eric held a very public role as a reporter in eastern Idaho, where he gained extensive knowledge in communications and the community.
In his role as the Lead Public Information Officer, Eric oversees public information duties for most of the 11 departments, including the Idaho Falls Regional Airport, Community Development Services, Parks and Recreation, Idaho Falls Power and Fiber, and the legal department. Eric not only acts as the city spokesperson but develops and promotes city programs and services through strategic communication planning. He also oversees the city’s website content, social media pages and media relations.
Prior to joining the city, Eric’s work as a reporter garnered local and national experience covering high-profile stories. Eric's work as a reporter earned countless journalism awards and even a Regional Emmy nomination. He also worked as a Dateline NBC contributor and consultant, making multiple appearances on the show in 2020 and 2021.
Eric graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho with a bachelor's degree in communication with an emphasis in news and journalism. He also completed coursework in strategic and organizational communication. Eric holds FEMA - Emergency Management Institute basic and advanced public information officer certificates.
When Eric is not actively telling the story of Idaho Falls, he enjoys spending time with his family in the outdoors, camping skiing, fishing and biking.