Utah County Commission votes to split county clerk / auditor’s office
On Wednesday, December 8, the Utah County Commission voted 2-1 to split the county clerk / auditor position from one to two. Commissioner Amelia Powers Gardner was a dissenter. The current structure has been in place since 1989, when the Commission decided to merge the two offices into one to increase efficiency.
The county’s population in 1989 was 263,590 compared to today’s growing number of 659,399.
Commissioner Tom Sakievich proposed the separation of the two posts due to increasing responsibilities due to population growth and the need for an independent audit service.
“Today the demand for the functions of Clerk and Auditor in Utah County is significantly higher due to population growth. The clerks and auditors departments have expressed the need to increase their staff. Both work for a single executive. The need for each county department manager to focus and specialize more, ”Sakievich said in a press release issued ahead of the committee meeting.
“The combined role of the county clerk / auditor, who checks the functions and internal performance of the county clerk is, for me, a conflict of interest,” Sakievich continued.
Commissioner Bill Lee accepted Sakievich’s proposal and the timing to elect a new county official. Commissioner Powers Gardner (former County Clerk / Auditor) disagreed with the timing and process, but not with the idea.
“We have to make sure we put these departments in place to be successful,” Powers Gardner said, asking the Commission to delay the process and work on the split, as opposed to approving the split and continuing the process. .
Powers Gardner also called for the split to be sent to voters on the 2022 ballot, but other commissioners disagreed.
“With the population of Utah County continuing to skyrocket, I have no doubts that all residents of the county will benefit from the special attention our new Clerk and our new Auditor will give to these two offices,” Lee said. .
Sakievich’s proposal has a price tag of approximately $ 175,000 (salary plus benefits) for an additional elected role of county auditor. Josh Daniels is currently County Clerk / Auditor and is running for re-election in 2022. With this change, the roles of Auditor and Clerk will be added on the next ballot.
Commissioner Powers Gardner disagreed with the price of the modifications of only $ 175,000.
“It will cost more. Every time you develop government it costs more.
Now the Commission will take care of the logistics regarding office space, staff and how to move forward with the new structure.
The two separate offices will officially start on January 2, 2023.