Boise Mayor Lauren McLean said she will appoint herself to the commission of the Capital City Development Corporation if former Mayor Dave Bieter doesn’t leave the panel.
Bieter nominated himself to the board, and his term runs through 2022.
McLean handily beat Bieter in both a November general election and December runoff.
The relationship between the pair remained strained throughout the election and afterward. McLean said the two never met for a transition meeting, despite her requests.
Now, Bieter remains on the board of the city’s associated urban renewal agency.
“If I have to appoint myself to that commission, I will,” McLean said. “If there’s a mayor on the board, it should be the current one. CCDC needs to align with the vision of a city.”
McLean said on the campaign trail that she wouldn’t appoint herself to CCDC in a break with Bieter’s past practice, but said she feels she needs to be on the panel if Bieter remains.
McLean said she intends to nominate three new members to CCDC. The mayor’s office solicited applications for community members interested, which are due February 27th.
One opening came through the resignation of Scot Ludwig in January. Ludwig said he hoped McLean would appoint another city council member in his place.
McLean will expand panel
McLean can expand the panel from seven members to nine, and she said she intends to do so. That would give her three appointments of the nine members of the board. Another seat will come open in May when former council member Ben Quintana’s term expires.
- Ben Quintana, May 1, 2020
- Maryanne Jordan, May 9, 2021
- Ryan Woodings, January 1, 2022
- Gordon Jones, March 31, 2022
- Dana Zuckerman, September 10, 2022
- Dave Bieter, October 16, 2022
As BoiseDev was the first to report, legislation proposed in the statehouse would force Bieter and potentially others off the board if it wins approval in both houses and gets the signature of Gov. Brad Little. The law would also impact former Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd, who sits on the board of the Meridian Development Corp.
McLean expects to submit her nominations to the Boise City Council at its March 3rd meeting. She intends to have the new commissioners seated in time for CCDC’s March 9th monthly meeting.