BOISE -- Ada County Commissioner Vern Bisterfeldt will retire from his position in May, before his term runs out, because of health issues.
Bisterfeldt has served the Boise community for over 50 years. He has worked as a Boise Police officer, a Boise City councilman, and as a county commissioner.
Dave Case, a candidate for commissioner, was asked to speak on Bisterfeldt's behalf.
Case said Bisterfeldt has had two back surgeries, but that his health is not getting better as fast as he'd hoped, so he is choosing to step aside early, and let someone else take his spot.
"He was trying all he could to conquer this back problem and get back to work and finish out his term," said Case. "So I think it is a difficult decision for him, but he feels its the best thing to do."
Once his seat is vacated on May 4, the Republican Central Committee will select three possible replacements to give to Governor Butch Otter. Otter will then choose a replacement from those three.
Case believes the central committee should take the upcoming primarily elections into consideration when choosing the replacements.