Otter Accepts Resignation of Chigbrow. "Royce has been my friend."

Posted by George Prentice on Fri, Jan 7, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Right about the time that Dan John of the Idaho Tax Commission was briefing lawmakers on revenue projections for the coming year, his boss was resigning.

According to the Associated Press, Tax Commission Chairman Royce Chigbrow told Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter that he was resigning "effective immediately."

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Last December, allegation surfaced accusing Chigbrow of professional misconduct. In one instance, Chigbrow allegedly sought assistance for a former supporter of Chigbrow's unsuccessful run for state comptroller. Chigbrow is also accused of intervening on behalf of a client of his son's accounting firm.

Idaho House Speaker Lawerence Denney indicated that he supported a formal probe into the allegations and Ada County Prosecutor Greg Bower confirmed that his office was "looking into Chigbrow's actions."

In his resignation letter, Chigbrow said "unfortunately and perhaps unfairly, I have become the issue."

In accepting the resignation, Otter called Chigbrow, "my friend and trusted adviser for a number of years." "He was kind enough to enter the arena of public service at my request, and I applaud his hard work, knowledge and expertise in that role," said Otter. "I wish him all the best in his future endeavors. You can read the resignation letter here. chibrow_resign.pdf

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