Lifelong West Jordan resident Max Hogan was chosen by the City Council Tuesday to replace Councilman Harv Cahoon, who resigned March 6.
Hogan, 59, is a former Planning Commission chairman and has served on a number of volunteer committees in the city, including a committee that studied the West Jordan's form of government in 1978 and ultimately recommended a change to the current manager/-council system.City Manager Ron Olson said the council plans to make Hogan's nomination official with a swearing-in ceremony at the next council meeting Tuesday night. Eighteen people applied for the position.
Hogan's appointment comes at a time when there is a movement afoot in the city to change the form of government again to the mayor/council form, in which the mayor has veto power over the council, but has no vote with the body.
Hogan told the Deseret News there have been times when he thought the city should change to a mayor/council government, but he now believes the city would be best served by keeping the council/manager government and making the mayor's job full time so the city's top elected official has more time to deal with the public, lobbying and handling other city affairs a part-time mayor does not have time for.
The council as a whole has taken a similar position during recent city meetings where the form of government has been discussed.
Cahoon was just past the midpoint of a four-year term when he resigned because he is moving out of state.
Hogan has the option of either serving on the council only until December, or running for election in November to try and keep the seat for the balance of Cahoon's term.
Hogan, a self-employed development consultant, is on the West Jordan Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors and is a former member of the Board of Adjustments. He served in the Army during both the Korean and Vietnam wars and retired at the rank of colonel from the Army Reserve.