Former mayor Bieter resigns from CCDC board

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Former Boise Mayor Dave Bieter is no longer a public figure.

Bieter resigned his commission on the board of the Capital City Development Corp. yesterday. Typically, the mayor’s office handles communication about resignations or appointments to the board. But Bieter sent a letter to CCDC Executive Director John Brunelle resigning “effective immediately.” Brunelle then provided the letter to Mayor Lauren McLean’s office.

“It has been very gratifying to see the progress CCDC has made over the last ten years,” Bieter wrote. “I believe CCDC has made significant strides in being a more nimble, collaborative and effective organization. For that, the many members of the board over that time, and the staff, should all be applauded.”

Bieter’s term on the panel, which oversees urban renewal in Boise, was set to expire in mid-October. His departure comes just months shy of the end of his term. He didn’t say in his letter why he was resigning.

Under Idaho Code, McLean will appoint Bieter’s successor on the panel.

Bieter now a developer

Bieter now works in the private sector as a development coordinator for Gardner Co. He’s been actively working on a project to redevelop a large hotel site near the Boise Airport for the Utah development firm.

Bieter appointed himself to the board in 2018, for a four-year term. When he lost his seat as mayor to McLean, he decided to stay on the panel. McLean rejoined the CCDC board after it became apparent Bieter wouldn’t step down after the election.

“If there’s a mayor on the board, it should be the current one,” McLean told BoiseDev in 2020. “CCDC needs to align with the vision of (the) city.”

In 2020, legislation proposed in the statehouse would have forced Bieter and potentially others off the board. The law ultimately didn’t pass muster with legislators.

In Meridian, former mayor Tammy de Weerd, who appointed herself to the Meridian Development Corp. board, remains on the panel. Her successor in the mayor’s office, Robert Simison, ran with her endorsement after she decided not to seek another term.

Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at [email protected].

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