Garfield County Commission Chairman Tom Hatch has succeeded Millard County Commissioner Mike Styler in the top post of the Utah Association of County Commissions and Councils.

Hatch was elected chairman during the recent convention of the Utah Association of Counties. He will serve a one-year term. The new chairman expects the association to be influential on wilderness issues and bills that will come before lawmakers next year.Ken Brown, Rich County, was named vice chairman. The secretary-treasurer is Jerry Lewis, Washington County. Jim Reidhead, Uintah County, and Bill Peterson, Weber County, were elected to the board of directors.