Created: 08/18/2014 9:12 AM
By: The Associated Press
FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - The Navajo Nation Council is considering whether council delegates may also concurrently serve in county offices.
The Daily Times reports that a pending bill would require that delegates forfeit their tribal offices if they continue serving as a county official.
A proposed amendment would require that a delegate's office be declared vacant if a delegate is elected to a county office and doesn't promptly resign from the council.
Delegate Leonard Tsosie is sponsoring the bill. He says delegates holding county offices can't speak strongly for the Navajo Nation.
Two delegates currently serve as county supervisors or commissioners - Jonathan Nez in Arizona's Navajo County and Kenneth Maryboy in Utah's San Juan County.
Nez says he tries to do his best for the constituents who put him in both positions.
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