A member of the West Jordan Arts Council was chosen Tuesday to fill a City Council vacancy created indirectly by Mayor Bob Roberts' June 22 resignation.
Penny Atkinson, finance vice president of the Arts Council and wife of Rep. Kelly Atkinson, D-West Jordan, was chosen from a field of 14 residents who applied for the post. The council interviewed her and two other finalists for the post during a special meeting Monday, then announced their selection of Atkinson Tuesday evening. She took the oath of office during the meeting.The council seat Atkinson filled was vacated by Kristin Lambert, who was appointed Mayor June 28, one week after Roberts resigned because of differences between himself and the rest of the council on budget matters, he said.
Lambert and Roberts were elected to office at the same time and were 2 1/2 years through their four-year terms when the changes took place. Both Atkinson and Lambert will serve in their appointed positions until January 1990.
After being appointed to the council by a unanimous vote, Atkinson praised the council for its recent actions. "I'm really excited for the next year and a half," she said. "I think there are some interesting challenges out there, and I'm ready."
The newest council member is the mother of two children and works as a computer programmer/analyst. She graduated valedictorian from Kearns High School and has attended both Utah Technical College and the University of Utah.
She will continue to serve on the Arts Council as the City Council's representative.