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Mayor resigns; council waits on counsel

City of Cottonwood:



— On the heels of last week’s resignation by Cottonwood Mayor Denis Duman, the city council is in a holding pattern waiting for advisement by its legal counsel. Unless a special meeting is called, the matter may not be addressed until the council’s next scheduled meeting on Jan. 11.

“It’s an interesting situation,” said council president Ron Grant, as Duman was re-elected to the position in the Nov. 3 elections and was to be sworn into office in January. Cottonwood’s city attorney, Joe Wright, will be looking into state law on how to advise the council to proceed, and meanwhile, “we’ll keep the wheels rolling.” Grant is authorized to fill in for the mayor’s duties in the interim, “until we get some answers.”

Duman submitted his resignation at the Dec. 14 meeting. At issue is his ownership of a hangar building, “coupled with the fact that Idaho law does not allow an elected official to lease land from the city to which I have served for the past 24 years,” he stated in his resignation letter.

“Perhaps the Idaho Legislature can recognize that, once again, their one-size-fits-all solution to potential corruption by elected officials needs some adjustment to fit the needs of small-town Idaho,” Duman wrote.

He noted this is the second time in his career with the city he has had to resign for the same reason. In a Dec. 18 Lewiston Tribune article, Duman said in that instance he was reinstated once he sold the property.



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