Another of Boise Mayor Bieter's aides heads to CCDC

Lobbyist Ross Borden follows John Brunelle, who joined the urban renewal agency in June.

sberg@idahostatesman.comJuly 19, 2013 

On Friday, Ross Borden will become the third person to leave Mayor David Bieter's staff in a little more than a month.

Theresa McLeod, Bieter's do-everything assistant, left City Hall early this month to work for St. Luke's Boise Medical Center.

Mid-June, assistant for economic development John Brunelle took a job as executive director of the Capital City Development Corporation.

Bieter became part of the agency in March, when he appointed himself to the board of commissioners.

Unlike Brunelle, Borden's two-block trip to CCDC doesn't appear to include a raise. In fact, it appears Borden will take a substantial pay cut when he starts work as contracts manager for the urban renewal agency.

Borden's 2012 salary was $83,553. The advertised salary range for his new job as is $56,220 to $67,493, depending on experience.

Seen through that lens, Borden's reasons for leaving City Hall are unclear. Bieter spokesman Adam Park declined to comment.

"When it comes to why people leave, that stuff's off-limits to me," Park said.

In February, Borden touched off a statewide controversy when he handed legislators a piece of paper that criticized the efficiency, fees and administration of Ada County Highway District, with which the city has long feuded.

He'll replace Pam Sheldon, who will transition to become CCDC assistant for contracts and records, Brunelle said. Sheldon, Brunelle and CFO Todd Bunderson made up the committee that hired Borden, Brunelle said.

Park said Bieter plans to begin the search for Borden's replacement in the coming weeks.

Sven Berg: 377-6275

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