Steven L. Olsen, who was an unopposed candidate in the Salt Lake Board of Education race last fall after a primary-election snafu, is expected to resign from his school board seat after less than two months on the job.
Olsen is moving to Heber Valley from Precinct 3, which roughly covers the old South High area. He is expected to resign soon, perhaps at Tuesday night's meeting.School board members said they have known for some time that Olsen was planning on moving from the precinct, and board officers have been discussing replacement procedures. Rumors about Olsen's departure began circulating through his precinct shortly after he was sworn in Jan. 3.
Olsen could not be reached for comment Tuesday morning.
He became an unopposed candidate in the November general election after the Salt Lake County attorney's office ruled that he would be the only candidate listed on the ballot.
He finished first among three candidates in the primary election. The primary election's second-place finisher, Cynthia Martin, announced publicly in early September that she was withdrawing from the school-board race, but her official letter of resignation didn't arrive at the county clerk's elections office until after the primary.
The county attorney's opinion declared that Martin was the official second-place winner but, despite her intentions, she withdrew formally, as required by law, after the primary. That left third-place finisher, Glenda Gaudig, out of the race and made Olsen the unopposed candidate.
When Olsen resigns, the school board has 30 days to replace him. Salt Lake County Elections Director Merrilea Jones said the board, by a simple majority, must agree on a replacement within that time limit or it falls to the Salt Lake City Council to make the appointment.
By law, Olsen's replacement serves until the next election in two years.
In the past when a member resigned, the school board called for applications and then chose the replacement from that pool of candidates.