By ROSELYNN WAHTOMY
POCATELLO – The Fort Hall Business Council (FHBC) now have a vacancy due to the recent notice of voluntary retirement by Chairman Blaine Edmo on April 17.
The April 18 date will begin a 60-day timeframe to hold a special General Election, which will take place on Friday, June 16 to fill the vacancy. Qualified tribal members interested in running for the FHBC may pickup applications at the Tribal Administration office beginning April 18 and the deadline is May 18.
According to a press release issued from Randy’L Teton, public affairs manager, Edmo’s written notice cited his personal health concerns and his family’s well being as a reason to step down after 15 years of public service.
Vice Chairman Darrell Shay will fill the role of Acting Chairman until after the upcoming general election and the new officers are appointed. This is in accordance with the Tribal Constitution, Article V, Section 1, a separate election will occur in order to fill the vacant position.
Edmo’s retirement falls on the heels of some tribal members questioning his ethics, concerning his involvement with drawing or issuing checks with insufficient funds at the Trading Post Grocery Store from 2004 to 2008 for over $15,000.
In Edmo’s notice to the Fort Hall Business Council and the general membership of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes he stated, “Recently there have been Social Media posts that have implied that I am not the person to hold office due to these allegations. I have long since paid all debts in full back at the time of the allegations. The allegations made against other people I can’t address.”
Edmo’s full letter can be read in the Sho-Ban News opinion page.
Darrell Shay will assume the Ross Fork District meetings for now.
Tribal member Sheryl Slim took out a recall petitions on FHBC Chairman Blaine Edmo and Vice-Chairman Darrell Shay for the reason of having a vote of no confidence of the leadership, which is due April 20 at 5 p.m. She will need to produce a total of 409 signatures.
Zelberta Begay from the Election Board advised Edmo's recall is now void. Shay's recall status is unknown as of press deadline.