Salt Lake County commissioner-elect M. Tom Shimizu will have to wait one extra day before taking office this week.
Shimizu's swearing-in to the commission's two-year seat was originally to be part of the regularly scheduled 10 a.m. Wednesday commission meeting Jan. 4.But that meeting and Shimizu's taking of the oath of office have been postponed to Jan. 5, apparently because Commission Chairman Mike Stewart won't return from a trip to San Diego in time for a Wednesday ceremony.
Shimizu, a Republican, will replace Democratic Commissioner John Hiskey, making the three-man commission an all-Republican body. Stewart, Shimizu and Commissioner Bart Barker previously served together as Salt Lake County commissioners between 1981 and 1985.
Shimizu defeated Riverton Mayor Dale Gardiner in November to reclaim the two-year seat he gave up in 1985 to run unsuccessfully for Congress.
Hiskey, who was appointed to the commission in September after the resignation of Dave Watson, will take a post with the Utah Economic Development Corp.
He will develop and direct business retention programs for the corporation, which contracts with local governments throughout Salt Lake County to operate a consolidated economic development and job creation effort.