Luther Propst Recusal

A former county engineer is calling on Teton County Commissioner Luther Propst to recuse himself from voting on the Tribal Trail Connector. But the commissioner says he doesn't need to and doesn't plan to.

Facing a call to recuse himself from voting on the Tribal Trail Connector, Teton County Commissioner Luther Propst says he doesn’t need to.

“I don’t want to disenfranchise people who voted for me,” Propst told the Jackson Hole Daily on Monday. “I feel that it’s important for me to represent the hundreds of people that are affected in a manner that’s similar to how I’m affected.”

Propst, the lone vote against the South Park Loop to Highway 22 connector in early June, is among the 100-some homeowners in the Indian Trails subdivision, which abuts Tribal Trail Road.

Traffic modeling indicates that the connector, if built, would bring more traffic through the residential neighborhood, bypassing the Y intersection.

Indian Trails residents, including some members of the stakeholder committee assembled to evaluate the connector, have been critical of the proposal.

Former Teton County Engineer Sean O’Malley, who retired in 2019, supports building the road. He said he was concerned about “potential bias” in Propst’s decision-making because of his home’s proximity to the project.

“I think there is a perception of or a concern about a potential lack of impartiality,” O’Malley said.

The two have exchanged emails about O’Malley’s concerns, which are attached to the full version of this article at JHNewsAndGuide.com. You can read more about Propst's reasoning for continuing to vote on Tribal Trail there or in the Thursday Jackson Hole Daily.

Contact Billy Arnold at 732-7063 or barnold@jhnewsandguide.com.

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