Hall might resign from City Council
Longtime councilman offered job with
Ketchum Fire Department
By GREGORY FOLEY
Express Staff Writer
Ketchum City Council President Randy Hall
might be forced to resign from his elected office within the next week.
Randy Hall, Ketchum City
Council president Express photo by Willy Cook
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, 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.
"It is my understanding that I will have
to resign from the City Council," Hall said Monday. "Obviously, itís a huge
Hall said he intended to think about a
formal offer from the city until today, when he would likely issue a binding
response to Mayor Ed Simon.
Hall said deciding if he will resign from
his elected office would not be easy.
"The public elected me, hired me and
entrusted me to serve," he said. "If I accept the job, Iím still going to be
serving the public, just in a different capacity."
Simon said Tuesday afternoon that he had
not received a response from Hall to the job offer.
Hall has served on the Ketchum City
Council since May 1998. In January, he was sworn in to serve a four-year term
that will not expire until the end of 2007.
However, Hall in recent months has
actively been pursuing a career as a paramedic. In June, he completed a rigorous
paramedic-certification program that required months of study and active
Hall currently holds a paid, part-time,
on-call position with the Ketchum Fire Department, as well as a one-day-per-week
paramedic position in the Magic Valley.
If Hall accepts the Ketchum paramedic
jobóas some city officials expectóhis resignation from the council could have a
profound impact on future legislation.
Hall has been a diligent council member
known for doing his homework and taking tough stances, often in opposition to
This year, he has been a driving force
behind getting the council and city staff to address a long list of priority
issues identified at City Hall.
If Hall resigns, Idaho law calls for the
mayor to appoint a replacement with the "consent" of the remaining council
The replacement council member would serve
until the next general city election, which is scheduled for November 2005. If
elected to the council at that time, he or she would then serve the balance of
Hallís term, until the end of 2007, with the possibility of running for
re-election that year.
Councilwoman Christina Potters and
Councilman Baird Gourlay will also see their seats go up for re-election in
One candidate for Hallís seat could be
Ketchum attorney Larry Young, who placed third behind Hall and Councilwoman
Terry Tracy in the November 2003 City Council election. Hall garnered 306 votes,
while Young earned 225.
Young served as mayor of Ketchum from
January 1988 to January 1992. He also served twice on the Ketchum City Council,
from January 1986 to January 1988 and from January 1992 to November 1992, when
he was recalled along with Ed Simon and Pat Ritzau, both also on the council at
Simon declined to indicate how he would
proceed with nominating a replacement for Hall if he resigned, noting that he
did not want to comment on the matter until a formal decision to hire Hall is
The job offered to Hall is scheduled to
start on Aug. 3.
Hall said that if he accepts the city job,
he would like to remain on the council through mid-August, when the city will
have completed its review of the draft 2004-2005 fiscal year budget.