UPDATE 12:45 p.m.
An official statement from Ada County Commissioners confirmed that Vern Bisterfeldt would step down as Ada County Commissioner effective Friday, May 4, 2012.
“It is unfortunate that Vern is now in a situation where he needs to resign his position. We wish him the very best and a speedy recovery,” said Ada County Commission Chairman Rick Yzaguirre. "He’s had a long career in public service and I commend him for the time he has dedicated to serving our community,”
Idaho Code 59-906A indicates vacancies on the commission shall be filled within 30 days. It will be the Governor’s duty to name a replacement within 15 days of receiving three nominations from the Republican Central Committee, which also has 15 days to provide nominations to the Governor for consideration.
A family spokesperson has confirmed a report that first surfaced at boiseguardian.com that Ada County Commissioner Vern Bisterfeldt will resign in early May.
On March 2, Bisterfeldt confirmed that he would not be seeking another term on the Ada County Commission, after mising a number of meetings because of health challenges. Earlier this month, his wife Shirley said that Bisterfledt had undergone surgery to repair an exposed nerve, but his post-op recovery was taking longer than expected.
The Republican Central Committee is expected to forward three names as a possible replacement for Bisterfeldt. Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter will select one to complete the term.
Bisterfeldt has already endorsed the candidacy of David Case, an Ada County Highway District commissioner, to fill the seat on the Ada County Commission.
Bisterfeldt served nearly three decades with the Boise Police Department, in addition to being elected to the Boise City Council three times and to the Ada County Commission four times.