County Commissioner Jacob Greenberg to step down | Blaine County


Blaine County Commissioner Jacob Greenberg has submitted a resignation letter stating that he will step down from the elected post at the end of the year.

Greenberg, a Democrat, sent the letter last week to fellow commissioners, other Blaine County officials and employees, and Blaine County Democrats, the party committee that will be responsible for nominating replacement candidates to finish. Greenberg’s tenure. Greenberg was elected to a two-year term in 2020 and will have one more year left when he leaves office.

In an interview on Monday, Greenberg said he was leaving his post because he had decided to retire, which he looked forward to when he was re-elected last year.

“I made the decision not to run for another term when I ran for the last time,” he said. “I worked my tail for a long time.”

Jacob Greenberg

Greenberg, 68, has served on the county commission since 2012, when he was appointed to replace former county commissioner Tom Bowman after stepping down before his last term ended. He currently serves with Commissioner Angenie McCleary and Commission Chairman Dick Fosbury.

The Blaine County Democratic Central Committee, known as the Blaine County Democrats, will receive nominations for the remainder of the term, through January 2023. Under the Idaho code, the organization will nominate three candidates, with Governor Brad Little ultimately choosing who to appoint to the post.

Greenberg has lived in the Wood River Valley for 39 years. He has worked as a restaurant owner and operator, CFO and developer, among others. He and his wife bought Shorty’s restaurant in Hailey from actor Bruce Willis in 1999. After running the restaurant for two decades, they sold it to their son and a member of staff.

Greenberg said he has no specific plans for retirement, but will continue to serve on the board of directors of the “I Have a Dream” Foundation — Idaho, which develops educational opportunities and scholarships for students. students. He could also continue his service with the Friedman Memorial Airport Authority – the Hailey Airport board of directors – if asked, he said.

In his resignation letter and interview, Greenberg praised his colleagues and said he will miss working with them.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to have been able to serve my community and to work alongside such a large group of people,” he said in the letter.

Serving as a county commissioner has been satisfying, but also demanding, Greenberg told the Express. In addition to studying issues and attending numerous meetings, commissioners sit on various boards and committees, he noted. He has served on the board of directors or served as a liaison with Sun Valley Economic Development, the Fly Sun Valley Alliance, the Idaho Public Safety Communications Commission, the Sun Valley Air Service Board, and the Blaine County Ambulance District, among others. He also worked on the County Adaptive Planning Committee for the COVID-19 Response and helped launch weekly meetings of mayors and other elected officials to discuss and plan responses to COVID-19.

Notable accomplishments during his tenure include the installation of a Military Veterans Memorial at the Former Hailey County Courthouse, the development of new affordable housing on the county-owned site of the former Blaine Building Manor in Hailey, establishing an internal public advocate in court, creating a sustainability department for the county and navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, he said.

The future will bring challenges to Blaine County, including the current affordable housing crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic, but Greenberg said he was “confident the county will achieve higher goals.”

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