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Friday, July 30, 2004


Hall still considering city job, resignation

Express Staff Writer

Ketchum City Council President Randy Hall has not yet decided if he will accept a full-time job that would force him to resign from his elected office.

Hall, who last November was re-elected to serve a four-year term on the City Council, on Friday, July 23, was offered a full-time engineer-paramedic position with the Ketchum Fire Department.

If Hall accepts the job offer, he will have to resign from his elected office pursuant to an Idaho law that regards City Council positions and city-employee positions as incompatible offices.

In general terms, the law is designed to guard against people serving as managers of themselves, since City Council members legislate policies that apply to management of city employees.

Hall said Wednesday that considerations regarding his existing part-time position with a Twin Falls-based paramedic group have forced him to delay a decision on the Ketchum job.

"I believe I won’t be making a decision for another week or so," he said Wednesday.

Ketchum Mayor Ed Simon said he has a plan for nominating a new council member to replace Hall but will not elaborate publicly on the matter unless Hall accepts the city post. Otherwise, the issue is "moot," Simon said.

If Hall does resign, Simon has the authority to nominate a replacement, who can assume the office with the consent of the remaining members of the City Council.



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