Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson announced county government changes on Tuesday that include, among others, the elimination of one of the county’s four deputy mayor positions. (Photo: KUTV FILE)
SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson announced county government changes on Tuesday that include, among others, the elimination of one of the county’s four deputy mayor positions.
Wilson’s office said in a Tuesday press release that the structural changes were reflective of feedback Wilson heard from Salt Lake County residents through her past several years of political campaigning.
The concerns Wilson specifically cites in the release include concerns about the environment, the rate of growth in Salt Lake County, "human service needs" and housing affordability.
"This new organization is aligned to address those changes," the press release states.
Wilson’s office was careful to point out that the structural changes were not meant to reflect negatively on the way former Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams’ county government was structured.
“Rep. McAdams left a strong organization and excellent staff. The new organization simply provides a better framework for addressing current and future challenges,” Wilson is quoted as stating in the press release.
Changes to the government of Salt Lake County listed in Wilson’s release include:
Eliminating one deputy mayor position and creating a new "service line" focused on regional services headed by one of the county’s three deputy mayors.
The re-structuring plan also includes that addition of an office of environmental services, the release states.
Wilson also plans to integrate county economic development into the management structure for planning, transportation and housing. Additonally, criminal justice services will now be handled by staff in charge of human and homeless services.
The county’s staff in charge of human resources will now report to the county’s chief financial officer, the mayor’s office states.
Two of Wilson’s three deputy mayors have already been hired. Darrin Casper is the county’s CFO in charge of finance and administration. Erin Litvack is the CAO and deputy mayor of county services. The deputy mayor of regional operations was listed as to be determined in the media release.
“I love this county and want to assure its amazing quality of life remain available to future generations," Wilson is quoted as saying in the release. "With growth, we need to fight to preserve our access to open space, our recreation and our excellent quality of life. This new organization will enable Salt Lake County to serve its residents with greater focus and efficiency and address quality of life concerns.”
Wilson’s will deliver a State of the County address on March 26, at which point her senior staff will be introduced to the Salt Lake County Council, the body on which Wilson previously served before replacing McAdams as county mayor.
The following document was provided by the mayor’s office as an outline of how county government will now function:
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