Mayor Dave Bieter's right-hand man, Jade Riley, was arrested for driving drunk Friday night. Bieter placed Riley on two weeks of unpaid leave after the incident came to light.
Riley, 31, is an assistant to the mayor for administration and policy. "Jade is a valued staff member, but any incident of this nature is serious," Bieter said in a prepared statement Saturday. "I have the utmost confidence in Jade's abilities, and he clearly recognizes the need for stern discipline."
No telling just yet how the arrest might affect Bieter's campaign for re-election. Bieter is running for re-election against Boise City Councilor Jim Tibbs, a former interim Boise police chief.
"This is a problem for the mayor, pure and simple," said Tibbs. "It's up to him to decide what to do. Most people look for a very clear and consistent policy on these sorts of issues. This is his decision."
Riley is the former director of the Idaho Democratic Party. After assisting with Bieter's 2003 campaign, he was hired as Bieter's chief of staff.