TWIN FALLS — There are still more than three months to go before the election, but the City Council is already asking anyone interested in replacing Don Hall to get involved with city government.
Hall, who has been on the Council for more than a decade and has served two terms as mayor, is running unopposed as the Republican candidate for the District 2 county commissioner seat. He plans to resign from the Council in January to become county commissioner, which is a full-time job in Twin Falls.
Without an opponent to run against — the deadline for anyone else to be on the county ballot has passed, although someone wishing to run as a write-in candidate still has until Oct. 11 — Hall’s election to the county board seems all but a formality.
Once Hall resigns, Mayor Shawn Barigar will appoint his replacement, subject to the City Council’s confirmation. Whomever is appointed would stand for election in their own right, should they wish to continue on the Council, would have to run for the seat in November 2017.
“Although it’s too soon to know if the Council seat will be up for appointment, we — as a city — will be implementing several significant documents that staff and council have been developing for more than a year,” Barigar said in a statement. “Our hope is that if a citizen is interested in being considered for future appointment to the council seat, that they will become educated about the ongoing work of the city.”
A formal application process will be announced after the November election, city officials said in a statement. The statement encourages anyone interested to attend City Council meetings to learn more about the budget, strategic planning and the comprehensive planning process.