Cottonwood Mayor Resigns, Grounded by Airport Hangar Hangup 

  • Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce, Facebook

Following his Feb. 8 resignation as mayor of the north-central Idaho town of Cottonwood, Denis Duman said Monday he was through with politics—at least until the next election.

Duman served as mayor of Cottonwood for 24 years, but in December 2015 he was told he was in violation of state law that prohibits elected officials from leasing city property. It turns out Duman owns an airplane hangar on the property of the city's airport and leases the land from the municipality. Duman said he hopes to sell the hangar because he no longer owns an airplane, but has had no luck attracting a buyer.

Duman was hoping he could be appointed mayor by the city council instead of serving as an elected mayor, but this morning's Lewiston Tribune reports outside legal counsel said that would be illegal as well. Making matters more interesting is the fact that Duman's brother, Jack, is on the city council.

"For now, there's not much else I can do until the next election," said Duman.

Meanwhile, Councilman Shelli Schumacher has been named mayor of Cottonwood and will serve out Duman's term. 
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