Idaho Gov. Butch Otter will have surgery Monday, a hip-resurfacing procedure on his left hip that’s similar to a fairly extensive procedure he had on his right hip in 2008. “So I will be out of the office for a period of time,” he told reporters this afternoon.
Otter is scheduled to leave Monday to prepare for the surgery, which will take place on Tuesday. That day, Lt. Gov. Brad Little will be acting governor, which occurs when the governor is either out of state or incapacitated. Otter will resume his duties on Wednesday, according to his office, but will work from home through his recovery period of two to three weeks.
In a statement, Otter said, “I feel it is important for the public to know why their governor will be away from the statehouse and working from home over the next two to three weeks. I have talked to members of legislative leadership about my surgery and plan to stay in touch with them, legislators and directors throughout my recovery.”