North Idaho County Proposing to Strip Voter Approval of 4 Offices


One of Idaho's largest counties is preparing to put before its voters a ballot measure that would dramatically change its form of government.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Kootenai County commissioners voted 2-1 on Tuesday to place a resolution on the November ballot proposing "an alternative form of county government."

If approved, the county could create a full-time county manager position, assuming administrative duties of county commissioners. The elected commissioners would still vote on any policy decision. The Press reports that the county manager could have the authority to "appoint, supervise, suspend and remove county personnel," and would also oversee the county's budgeting process.

Another significant change would strip voter approval for the positions of county clerk, treasurer, assessor and coroner. Instead, the new county manager would hire and fire the officials.