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Cottonwood Mayor Resigns Over Airport Hangar Flap

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After serving as Cottonwood mayor for 24 years, Denis Duman abruptly submitted his resignation this week, saying he was in violation of state law that prohibits elected officials from leasing city property. 

Duman was re-elected this November and was awaiting his swearing in for another term in January, but this morning's Lewiston Tribune reports the former mayor sent a letter to the Cottonwood City Council admitting to owning a building on the property of the city's airport. 

"I hereby resign, effective immediately," Duman wrote on Dec. 14, adding he resented "being required to take this step to enjoy use of my property."

The Tribune reports Duman owns a hangar on property leased from the city at the municipal airport. Duman said he intends to sell the hangar because he no longer owns an airplane, but has had no luck attracting a buyer, thus triggering his resignation.

The Tribune reports the Cottonwood city attorney is seeking an opinion from the Idaho secretary of state or Idaho attorney general, but has yet to receive an opinion on the matter.

"The jury is out whether I can be sworn in in January or not," Duman told the Tribune.