New Davis County Commissioner Gayle Stevenson, who will also appear on the November ballot as a candidate for the commission, said his appointment was not an attempt by the Davis County Republican Party to get him elected.
"Nothing could be farther from the truth," said Stevenson during his first full day on the job Thursday.In fact, there was reluctance by party officials who felt the appointment might hurt Stevenson's chances in the November election, he said.
Commission members William Peters and Harold Tippetts picked Stevenson, 58, Layton, during a Wednesday morning meeting to succeed Commissioner Glen Saunders. Saunders resigned last month from his four-year seat to become county clerk. Stevenson will assume the duties for the remaining 51/2 months of the term.
Stevenson is the former Davis School District associate superintendent.
Stevenson is currently running for the four-year commission seat against Democrat Howard Stoddard. Stevenson was chosen from among six candidates recommended by the Davis GOP Central Committee.
He said party officials supported him for the post because he would bring continuity if elected. It is more logical to train someone that might be elected than someone else who isn't on the ticket, Stevenson said.
"My plans are to learn a lot and to be as open and listening as possible," Stevenson said.
He countered rumors that he would be receiving both his school district retirement and a commissioner salary.
"I will be forgoing my school district retirement," he said. "I'm not here for the money."
Commissioners have not yet determined which areas of county government Stevenson will administer. Commissioners are expected to announce Stevenson's assignments next Monday, Stevenson said.
Stevenson said he has little county government experience except for the exposure he had as a school district official.