The flare up over the dismissal, retirement, paid leave, firing of Dennis Doan as Boise fire chief has shifted to the city council.
Based on e-mails from the city to Doan, it looks like newly elected mayor Lauren McLean will leave the dirty work to the City Council when it comes to firing Doan.
City Code 1-7-2D requires “half plus one” council votes to dismiss a department head. With a complete forum of six councilors, this would mean four votes to dismiss. In the event of a 3-3 tie, the mayor would be the tie breaker. They can wait until next Tuesday’s meeting or with 24 hours notice hold a special meeting with the single item on the agenda.
Here is the applicable code section:
D. Removal: Any appointive officer may be removed by the Mayor for any cause deemed sufficient, but such removal shall be by and with the affirmative vote of one-half (1/2) plus one of the members of the full Council; provided, that the Council, by the unanimous vote of all of its members, may upon their own initiative remove any appointive officer.
Doan was a major financial and political supporter of former Mayor Dave Bieter. The GUARDIAN opines that Mayor McLean should have simply asked for Doan’s resignation when she took office. We also think Doan could preserve his dignity by immediately resigning “for the benefit of the citizens of Boise.”
In a similarly awkward situation, Bieter has refused to leave the CCDC urban renewal agency to which he appointed himself. McLean has now appointed herself in a move to blunt Bieter’s influence on the CCDC board. The CCDC agency is an “independent body, corporate and politic.” In plain english that means the body is created by the city, but not beholding to the city.
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