Dennis Doan resigned from employment at the city of Boise shortly before a Friday special city council meeting was called to consider his firing. The council met, declined to act and adjourned.
The GUARDIAN had publicly advised him Wednesday to make the move: We also think Doan could preserve his dignity by immediately resigning “for the benefit of the citizens of Boise.”
In his letter to Mayor Lauren McLean, Doan said, “Out of the love I have for the City of Boise, its citizens, and the Boise Fire Department, please accept this email as my resignation, effective immediately.”
To prevent future awkward events like the Doan debacle, the GUARDIAN offers this alternative: “All department directors in the city of Boise shall submit their resignation upon the election of a mayor.” That can be a condition of employment, city ordinance, or written policy.
Then the new mayor or a re-elected mayor can either except the resignation or extend the employment of the department head. That is how it works for new congressmen, presidents, and governors. No one would expect a new President to keep cabinet members of a prior administration who campaigned for the new incumbent’s opponent. Same applies to congressional staffers.
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