KAMIAH — Brandaan deGroot, vice chair for the Kamiah Joint School District 304 board of trustees, announced his resignation last week, just days after being charged with a felony for allegedly attempting to strangle his wife.
At a special board of trustees meeting convened last Thursday, Feb. 25, board chair Rikki Simler announced that deGroot had submitted a letter of resignation and shared its contents with the other board members. The trustees then voted unanimously to accept his resignation and to move forward with filling the board vacancy for zone 2.
The board plans to elect a new vice chair at this month’s meeting and hopes to fill the vacant zone 2 seat at the March or April regular board meeting.
Up to this moment, deGroot was serving in his third term, first being elected to the board in 2011.
According to court records, deGroot, was arraigned Feb. 22 on an attempted strangulation charge. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing this Friday, March 5, in Idaho County Magistrate Court. deGroot is out of custody on a $2,003 bond pending this hearing.
deGroot, 40, was charged following a Feb. 21 incident reported at his residence on Beaverslide Road, investigated by the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office. According to the probable cause document, he and his wife, Melissa, were in an argument when the matter allegedly turned physical. Brandaan is alleged to have slapped Melissa on the rear, she turned and allegedly slapped him in the face, and he then is alleged to have put his hands on her throat and lifted her off the ground. According to Melissa’s statement, she said she could not breathe and started losing consciousness. He then set her down and left the room.
ICSO Deputy Micah Olson investigated the case.