Tibbs won't seek reelection


Boise City Councilman Jim Tibbs told citydesk this afternoon that he will not seek another term on the Council when his seat expires in January 2010.

Tibbs, a retired Boise police lieutenant, said he was looking into other ventures, possibly a return to law enforcement, but that he had not figured out what his next gig might be.

"A lot of the agencies are not hiring right now—Nampa, Caldwell, Meridian are all in the same economic situation," Tibbs said.

TJ Thomson, an internal auditor at Idaho Power Co., has filed an intention to run for the seat held by Tibbs. The official filing period for candidates begins Aug. 24 and Council members Maryanne Jordan and Vern Bisterfeldt are also up for re-election.

Tibbs was first elected to the Boise City Council in 2005, beating longtime Councilman Jerome Mapp.  He went to work for the Boise Police Department in 1970 and served in various roles at the department for 34 years. After leaving BPD, Tibbs worked as an investigator at the Canyon County Prosecutor's Office for about a year.

Tibbs said this afternoon that he fell in love with the Canyon County area while working there.

His tenure in Caldwell was short-lived as then Gov. Jim Risch appointed him the state drug czar about the same time he won his first City Council term. Tibbs also ran for Boise mayor in 2007 and would not rule out the possibility of future political runs.

Tibbs said he had not met Thomson but was pleased that the candidate had been through Boise's Citizen Police Academy and that he volunteers his time as McGruff the Crime Dog.

Thomson reiterated that his campaign was never against Tibbs and that he just wants to bring a "fresh voice" to the city.

“I had a high respect for Jim Tibbs because of his service in the military—we’re both veterans— and his service in the Police Department,” Thomson said.

Tibbs has mentioned that he won't seek reelection to other council members and said he does not know of anyone else eager to run for his seat in the November election.