The City of Bovill may be best known by University of Idaho alumni as a place to get a drink in rural Latah County. But right now, it’s facing an administrative crisis that only Idaho's top elected official has the power to solve.
City residents recalled the mayor in May over claims of nepotism and lack of professionalism, according to the Moscow Pullman Daily News. And recently, three of four city council members there suddenly resigned.
Without a quorum to appoint a new mayor, Gov. Brad Little (R) now has to wade into one of the most local arenas in politics. Little is required to fill two of the city council vacancies under Idaho law.
The new Bovill City Council will then appoint a new mayor, who will then appoint the third, and final, council vacany.
Surprisingly, it’s actually the third time Gov. Little has had to make these types of appointments since he became governor in January.
Residents recalled the mayor of Dalton Gardens, along with two city council members in March after a development spat.
And three city council members in Sugar City abruptly quit in April after its mayor and another council member survived a recall election.
Little’s office is accepting applications for the Bovill vacancies through Applications and resumes must be e-mailed to Zach.Forster@gov.idaho.gov by 5 p.m. Mountain Time on July 19. Those who fill these seats will have to run for re-election.
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