After 53 years punching it out in the public service ring, Ada Commish Vern Bisterfeldt told the GUARDIAN Saturday, “I just can’t answer the bell anymore.”
Known to almost everyone as just “Vern,” the 74-year-old former copper, city councilor, and county commish has resigned his post (we hear effective May 4). He has undergone two back surgeries which have left him with debilitating pain.
“I can’t make it to the office anymore and it’s time to step aside. It’s only fair to the people for me to leave,” said Bisterfeldt. Family has asked friends (and media) to respect his privacy until he has had more time to recover from his lengthy medical treatment.
The Republican Central Committee will offer three names to Governor Butch Otter who will select a replacement. The replacement will come from the district Bisterfeldt currently represents. Redistricting and Bisterfeldt’s prior decision to not seek reelection has left a seat open with three Republican candidates: Jim tibbs, Steve Halvorson, and Brad Rowen. Larry Rincover is the sole Dem running for the two year term.
The BISTERFELDT LEGACY.
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