H. Brent Coles

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H. Brent Coles
Mayor of Boise, Idaho
In office
January 5, 1993 – February 15, 2003
Preceded byDirk Kempthorne
Succeeded byCarolyn Terteling-Payne
Personal details
Bornc. 1951 (age 67–68)
Idaho Falls, Idaho

H. Brent Coles (born c. 1951) served as mayor of Boise, Idaho, from 1993 to 2003.

Coles was appointed mayor in January 1993 by the city council,[1] upon the resignation of Dirk Kempthorne, who was elected to the United States Senate in 1992. Coles was elected to a full term as mayor in November 1993, defeating Tracy Andrus,[2] and was re-elected in 1997 and 2001.[3]

In 2000 and 2001, Coles served as president of the United States Conference of Mayors.

In February 2003, Coles resigned after being charged with accepting an illegal trip from an insurance company to the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.[4][5][6] Prior to his resignation Coles had been the target of a recall election drive. City council member Carolyn Terteling-Payne was appointed to serve until the end of 2003.[7]

Coles was indicted in May 2003 by an Ada County grand jury for five felonies stemming from the incident and related activities.[8] In November 2003, Coles pleaded an alford plea to a count of presenting a fraudulent account or voucher and a count of misuse of public money by officers. The remaining charges were dropped as part of a plea bargain. In January 2004 he was sentenced to 180 days in jail and three years probation.[9] In August 2011, The state of Idaho levied a tax lien in the amount of $44,691.31 against Coles and his wife for unpaid individual income taxes.[10]

Born in Idaho Falls, Coles moved to Boise with his family in 1968 and graduated from Borah High School in 1970.

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  1. ^ "Coles elected mayor of Boise". Spokesman-Review. January 7, 1993. p. B2.
  2. ^ Miller, Dean (November 3, 1993). "Andrus' daughter loses mayor race". Spokesman-Review. p. B3.
  3. ^ "Brent Coles". Our Campaigns. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  4. ^ Gallagher, Dan (February 15, 2003). "Boise mayor resigns". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press. p. 1A.
  5. ^ "Charged with getting free Olympics trip, Boise mayor resigns". New York Times. February 15, 2003. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  6. ^ "Boise mayor resigns over ethics charges". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. February 15, 2003. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  7. ^ "Boise City Council names interim mayor". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Associated Press. February 19, 2003. p. 2A.
  8. ^ Grand Jury Indicts Brent Coles and Gary Lyman, May 7, 2003
  9. ^ "H. Brent Coles Sentenced". State of Idaho. Office of the Attorney General. January 4, 2004. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  10. ^ "Former Boise mayor & wife face $44K Idaho tax lien". KTVB.com. August 19, 2011. Archived from the original on May 19, 2014.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dirk Kempthorne
Mayor of Boise, Idaho
Succeeded by
Carolyn Terteling-Payne
Preceded by
Wellington Webb
President of the United States Conference of Mayors
Succeeded by
Marc Morial