HIGHWAYS AND BRIDGES
40-1304. Division of districts into subdistricts — Vacancy in office of highway commissioner. (1) At the meeting of the county commissioners at which the highway district is declared organized, the commissioners shall divide the highway district into three (3) subdistricts, as nearly equal in population, area and mileage as practicable, to be known as highway commissioners subdistricts one, two and three. Subdistricts may be revised or modified by the highway district commissioners as changes in conditions demand. Not more than one (1) of the highway district commissioners shall be an elector of the same highway subdistrict. The first highway district commissioners appointed by the governor shall serve until the next highway district election, at which their successors shall be elected. The highway commissioners shall take office on July 1 following their election.
(2) Any vacancy occurring in the office of highway commissioner, other than by expiration of the term of office, shall be determined by the remaining highway district commissioners using the criteria established in section 59-901, Idaho Code. If it is determined that a vacancy has occurred, the commissioners shall declare there is a vacancy and such vacancy shall be filled by the highway district board and be for the balance of the term of the person replaced. If the remaining highway district commissioners are unable to agree on a person to fill the vacancy within thirty (30) days after the vacancy occurs, the chairman of the county commissioners of the county with the largest number of electors in the highway district shall then become a member of the highway district board for the purpose of filling the vacancy only. If a majority of the highway district board so constituted shall be unable to agree upon a person to fill the vacancy within thirty (30) days, or if two (2) or more vacancies shall occur in the board of highway commissioners at one time, a special election to fill the vacancy shall be called and held in the same manner provided by law for the holding of elections for highway commissioners, except that the date of the election shall be as soon as possible, and all duties imposed by law upon the highway district board in connection with elections shall be performed by the county commissioners.
(3) When there are two (2) or more vacancies on the highway district board at the same time, the chairman of the county commissioners, along with the additional county commissioners that the county commission chairman appoints, and with the remaining highway district commissioner, if applicable, shall constitute a temporary board of highway district commissioners. The temporary board of highway district commissioners shall perform the duties required by law of a highway district board of commissioners until the newly elected highway commissioners take office.
[40-1304, added 1985, ch. 253, sec. 2, p. 647; am. 1994, ch. 123, sec. 2, p. 276; am. 1999, ch. 332, sec. 3, p. 896; am. 2006, ch. 165, sec. 1, p. 499; am. 2009, ch. 341, sec. 74, p. 1040; am. 2011, ch. 11, sec. 23, p. 36; am. 2017, ch. 212, sec. 1, p. 515.]