The Southern Ute Tribal Council has appointed Bruce Valdez as acting chairman of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe.
Valdez will assume all responsibilities of the duties of chairman until the new tribal official is elected by tribal membership and certified by the Southern Ute Election Board.
Chairman Christine Sageâ€™s last day in office was Monday. According to the Tribal Constitution, the terms of office shall be three years.
The runoff election will be held Dec. 18, and the candidate receiving the highest number of votes will be elected tribal chairman. The inauguration for the new chairman and council members will be held at 10 a.m. Dec. 21.