Jackson, Wy – .A Teton County sheriff's office worker is
retiring following an opinion from the state attorney general's
office that he cannot also serve as a county commissioner
Commissioner-elect Leland Christensen says he'll step down from
his position as a jailer, even though he's four months shy of being
eligible for full retirement benefits.
Christensen's last day at the jail is Sunday, and his four-year
term as county commissioner begins Monday.
He says he likely will look for another law enforcement position
in a different county so he can become eligible for retirement.
The move takes the pressure off Sheriff Bob Zimmer, who was
faced with conflicting opinions from the attorney general and from
Teton County Attorney Steve Weichman.
Weichman says he's standing by his own opinion, saying that the
Legislature did NOT intend to discourage county employees from
running for office.