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After runoff loss, Bieter rehires campaign staffer for city job; McLean ‘surprised’

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The day after the December 3rd runoff election, Dave Bieter brought an ally back into city government.

Amber Pence served as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs until June of this year. As of December 4th, she is back in that job, a city spokesperson confirms.

Bieter lost his re-election bid to Lauren McLean. He will leave the city payroll in early January when Mayor-elect McLean takes his place.

Pence resigned her position this summer to work on fundraising for the Bieter campaign. As Boise State Public Radio’s James Dawson reported, Pence continued to do some city business while working on the campaign. City spokesperson Mike Journee told Dawson she was officially on vacation, using accrued time on her way out the door.

Journee told BoiseDev Bieter has not made any other hires post-election.

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“With the legislative session just around the corner, Amber needed to come back to ensure issues important to the city and its residents are cued up and don’t get overlooked during the coming mayoral transition,” he said.

“I was surprised that the current mayor made this rehire but ultimately it’s his decision,” McLean said in a statement to BoiseDev. “I expect that good work will be done in earnest between now and January 7 and look forward to a briefing on the upcoming legislative session.”

According to the Idaho Statesman’s salary database for City of Boise employees, Pence made $91,500 per year as of March.

Don Day
Don is the founder and editor of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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