Hall still considering city job,
By GREGORY FOLEY
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.