Idaho mayor resigns due to law against leasing

Posted at 9:59 AM, Dec 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-18 11:59:32-05

COTTONWOOD, Idaho (AP) -- The mayor of the northern Idaho city of Cottonwood has resigned because of a state law that prohibits elected officials from leasing city property.

The Lewiston Tribune reported that longtime mayor Denis Duman told the City Council in a letter dated Monday that he owns a building at the Cottonwood municipal airport, the property the building sits on is leased from the city. In his letter he said he is resigning after 24 years because of the state statute.

Duman was re-elected without opposition in November to a four-year term.

In an interview Thursday, Duman said he knew about the state statute because five years ago he resigned from the City Council when he owned a building on city property. He was reinstated after he sold it.