Five incumbent Utah County officials are unopposed in their re-election bids. Only County Recorder Nina Reid faces a Democratic opponent, Louise Fucile.
County recorderNina Reid is banking on experience and proven leadership to win her a seventh term as Utah County recorder.
Reid, a Republican, has been in office 22 years. She has a state cadastral mapping completion certificate and is one of only two nationally certified public officials with specialization in land records.
"My main purpose is to serve the public knowledgeably, efficiently and kindly and (to require) the same from each of the deputies in office," Reid said.
Last year, Reid was named the Recorder of the Year by the National Association of County Recorders and Clerks. She is the author of a manual used by county recorders throughout the country. She also is co-author of a national certification manual on integrated land records systems.
Reid designed and developed an active microfilm program for the recorder's office. She converted the recorder's entry, tract index, alphabetical indices, and other items to an automated system designed to provide easy access and accurate data, saving many hours of duplication, prime storage and desk space.
She also set up a computer network system that allows local title companies to obtain information from the recorder's office by telephone.
Twenty-two years ago when Reid first came into office, there were 13 employees; now, with a quadrupled work load and a much larger population, she employs only one additional person.
Reid, 968 E. 440 North, Springville, is working to develop a multipurpose geographical information system that will provide base maps of areas of the county that can be overlaid with other graphic information, such as geological hazards and public utilities.
Louise Fucile, a Democrat, wants to serve as county recorder to bring openness back into local government. She also thinks it is time for a change in the recorder's office.
Fucile, 1362 N. 600 West, Orem, graduated from Provo High School, attended Brigham Young University for two years and served as a yeoman for five years in the Navy.
Running for and serving in elective office would allow her to express her views on mismanagement and misuse of funds in government, Fucile said.
"I think too many secrets are being held back from the people," Fucile said. "If we're going to have a democratic form of government, we should know what's going on."
Government should be for the people, not for special-interest groups, she said.
Fucile said she's kept up on her record-keeping skills and is familiar with computers.
She wants to spend some time in office before suggesting changes in the office's operation. However, she "would guarantee that I would find how to do some things more efficiently."
She charges that newspapers are withholding information from the public and that local governments have denied people's right to self-rule by denying petitions requesting a change in form of government because such petitions are written on the wrong size of paper.
The following Republican incumbents are running unopposed.
David R. Bateman is in his sixth year as sheriff. He was appointed to succeed Mack Holley when Holley retired in 1984, and Bateman was elected to office in 1986.
Bateman has been involved in law enforcement for more than 20 years. He has been with the sheriff's office for 18 years, starting as a deputy at the jail and working his way through the ranks. He graduated from Weber State College and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy. He has earned more than 40 certificates in specialized law enforcement training.
Bateman said the county's crime rate decreased when he took over the office and has remained that way for the past five years. He said crowding problems at the jail have been handled without presenting liability problems to the county. He said jail crowding and drug abuse will be the main issues facing the office in the coming years.
For the past 12 years Clyde Naylor has served both as county surveyor and county engineer, the later an appointed position. In January the engineering title will be changed to public works director and, if re-elected, Naylor is expected to be appointed to the new position.
Before coming to the county offices, Naylor was a private consulting engineer for 15 years and a Brigham Young University assistant professor of engineering for 13 years. He is a registered engineer and a registered land surveyor.
He said his experience was vital in the county's handling of flooding problems from 1982 to 1984 and in the housing of county offices. He said the county's future needs are for a road system that can be maintained more easily and for an upgraded mapping system.
Even though J. Bruce Peacock has been clerk-auditor for more than two years, this is the first time Utah County voters will officially elect a clerk-auditor. Peacock became auditor when Elwood Sundberg retired in 1987 and became clerk-auditor a year later when the county consolidated the two offices.
Peacock has been a certified public accountant for more than 25 years. Before coming to the county he worked for a leasing company and a construction company, doing accounting for both firms. He said he has substantial experience in auditing county government, city government, hospitals and other corporations.
He said his experience will be helpful in maintaining the county's budget and accounting matters. As clerk he also is responsible for the Board of Adjustments and overseeing elections.
Ron Smith is seeking a third term.
During the past eight years, Smith has concentrated on centralizing the state and county motor vehicle departments so "vehicle owners can register a car without going to two separate buildings." Smith also has reappraised "virtually all" residential property in the county during his two terms. County residential property had been last appraised in 1975.
"I'd like to continue the reappraisal effort with the commercial and vacant parcels, some of which are badly out of line - either too high or too low," Smith said.
Smith, 40, lives at 1076 E. 820 North in Provo. He manages a staff of 25. Before being elected assessor Smith worked as an independent appraiser for lending institutions. He has a bachelor's degree in geography and a master's in public administration, both from Brigham Young University.
Leonard R. Ellis, Spanish Fork, is seeking a second full term as Utah County treasurer.
The County Commission appointed Ellis to the position in 1987, when former Treasurer Stanley Walker retired. He ran for election in 1988 to fill the balance of the four-year term. Ellis, 49, lives at 2500 Oak Ridge Drive. He manages five employees in the county treasurer's office.
During the past three years, he reduced labor costs in his department 28 percent. He also computerized the tax-revenue general ledger. In 1989, the county earned $1.24 million in interest on county tax collections; interest is reapportioned to the cities, school districts and county.
"I think we've been very effective in arbitrage, borrowing money and earning a higher interest rate on the money the county collects," Ellis said.
If re-elected, Ellis will look at implementing use of optical scanners in the treasurer's office, which would further reduce labor costs and speed up the receipt process, he said.