North Idaho

Commissioner resigns for Health and Welfare job

SANDPOINT, Idaho - Former state lawmaker Joyce Broadsword has decided to step away from her seat on the Bonner County Commission to take an administrative position with a state agency.

Broadsword announced Tuesday plans to resign from the commission, less than one month after being sworn into office.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that she has accepted a position as regional director with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. The regional office covers 10 northern Idaho counties.

Broadsword served four terms in the Idaho Senate and ascended to vice chair of the chamber's Health and Welfare Committee. She decided not to seek re-election last year, opting instead to run for county commissioner.

Broadsword knocked off incumbent Cornel Rasor in the Republican primary then beat independent Steve Johnson in November.