Rick Visser, the sole Republican on the Board of Ada County Commissioners, will retire from his position effective March 31.
In an email sent to this commission Monday, Visser said he would retire at the end of March.
“It has been an honor to serve the citizens of Ada County and a great privilege to have worked with you all — the leadership team of Ada County!” Visser wrote.
Visser’s replacement will be chosen by Gov. Brad Little from candidates selected by the Ada County Republican Central Committee, according to Ada County spokeswoman Elizabeth Duncan.
Commissioner Diana Lachiondo said the replacement process would take place over the next few months, but noted there could be disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“There’s a whole statutory process,” the Ada County Republican Committee needs to go through, Lachiondo said Wednesday. “But they need to meet to do that and I’m not sure how they’re going to do that now.”
Business will go on as usual with just Lachiondo and Commissioner Kendra Kenyon, Lachiondo said. A call to Visser was not returned Tuesday.
Kenyon said she had not had any personal conversations with Visser and did not know what went into his decision to retire.
Visser, who has served on the county commission since 2017, graduated from the University of Idaho College of Law in 1990 and practiced law in Idaho in the years after. He taught at Boise State University as an adjunct professor before joining the Idaho Innocence Project as the staff attorney and director. He retired from teaching at BSU in 2013. Visser also served as the Concordia Dean’s Law Advisory Council, as a volunteer coach in youth sports and in other positions in the Ada County community where he has lived with his wife, three children and one grandchild for 40 years.
This story has been updated to reflect the correct last day of Commissioner Rick Visser’s tenure.