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County commissioner will resign to assume Grand Portage Tribal Council position

Cook County Commissioner Robert "Bobby" Deschampe has informed WTIP that he will resign from his post on the county board in August. 

Deschampe won the June 9 primary for the chairperson seat for the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Tribal Council.

His victory in the primary raised the question of whether Deschampe would step down from his county board seat. A letter dated today, June 16, answers that question.

Deschampe’s letter, which he shared with WTIP, is addressed to the other county commissioners and Auditor Braidy Powers. In the letter, Deschampe says that his resignation will be official Aug. 21 and is due to his recent election victory to become the tribal chair for the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

Deschampe won the county commissioner seat in a special election held after Frank Moe resigned from the District 1 seat in 2017. Deschampe was reelected in 2018. His term runs through 2022.

Deschampe's announcement raises another question about the election process, including when the election for the District 1 commissioner seat will take place.

This is an ongoing story and WTIP will provide updates as they become available.