Ada Commish Vern Bisterfeldt confided with the GUARDIAN Tuesday that he will not seek reelection to his seat.
Citing personal health concerns, Bisterfeldt said he was gratified to have had the opportunity to serve the citizens of Boise and Ada County for half a century and wanted to thank everyone for the support they have offered him over the years.
He has been elected for two stints as an Ada Commish and also served several terms on the Boise City Council as well. Always a copper at heart, he retired with the rank of Captain from the Boise PD.
After the redistricting mandated by law every 10 years, Bisterfeldt and Commish Sharon Ullman ended up in the same district. It was no secret the two had little love for each other and it appeared to the GUARDIAN that Vern saw his role on the commission as a “watchdog” role to keep Ullman in line as much as anything.
Former copper and city councilor Jim Tibbs made it official Tuesday that he will seek a vacant seat (formerly Bisterfeldt’s) on the Ada Commission. Both Tibbs and Ullman are currently unopposed.
Read a 2009 GUARDIAN TRIBUTE to Bisterfeldt’s first 50 years.
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