Photo by David Rauzi
Newly appointed Cottonwood mayor Shelli Schumacher takes the oath of office from city clerk Carol Altman at Monday’s Feb. 8 meeting.
As of Tuesday, February 9, 2016
COTTONWOOD Cottonwood City Councilor Shelli Schumacher was sworn in as the city’s new mayor Monday night, replacing Denis Duman who resigned his seat in a letter presented at the Feb. 8 session.
In the one-page letter, Duman thanked the council for its support, and returned his support for the council in its efforts to resolve the state code issue that led to his departure from the council in a process that began in December.
Having served the city for 24 years and re-elected in the November 2015 elections, Duman initially submitted his resignation at the Dec. 14 meeting concerning his ownership of a hangar building on land he leases from the city. Idaho law does not allow for a city councilor to lease property from the municipality. Duman noted he has been trying to sell the property but without success.
The matter appeared to have a resolution at the Jan. 11 meeting where Duman, then as a private citizen, was appointed as mayor, two to one in favor, with his brother, Jack Duman, abstaining on the vote. However, later in that meeting, city attorney Joe Wright found the appointment was possibly illegal due to the state’s nepotism statute, an opinion affirmed by attorney Adam Green whom the council contracted to independently review the matter.
“Since I have no choice in the matter, and I do not want to put the council members who have supported me in jeopardy,” Duman wrote, “I am hereby resigning my appointment as mayor….”
As part of city business, Councilor Ron Grant was approved as council president, and newcomer Linda Nida was appointed to fill Schumacher’s vacated council seat.