Boise Mayor Dave Bieter’s annual State of the City address, scheduled for next Thursday, has been postponed due to memorial services for former Gov. Cecil Andrus.
Andrus passed away Thursday night from complications related to lung cancer. He was a day shy of turning 86.
A public memorial is planned for 2 p.m. Thursday in the Jordan Ballroom of the Boise State University Student Union. Before that, Andrus will lay in state Wednesday and Thursday at the Idaho Capitol.
Bieter did not want his speech to interfere with the celebration of Andrus’ life, according to Bill Connors, Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce president and CEO.
A new date for the State of the City address has not yet been picked, according to the chamber.
“Today the mayor’s office requested we postpone his ‘State of the City’ event planned for next Thursday, as it will conflict with what will be many services and remembrances for the governor,” Connors wrote in a statement. “Our team has immediately begun the task of informing our registered attendees and sponsors, as well as searching for possible future dates for the mayors’ address. Please bear with us as we work with City Hall to find an appropriate time and place for this event.”