Joe Gertge

Want to be mayor of South Weber? Starting Thursday, the city will begin accepting applications for the city's top elected post.

South Weber Mayor Joe Gertge has announced that, due to a job change, he will be stepping down as mayor effective July 15.

Gertge has about 18 months left in his second term as mayor, and the City Council will appoint someone to fill his spot by July 22.

Until that time, City Councilman Michael Poff, mayor pro tem, will take over as acting mayor.

Gertge said it was a tough decision to leave South Weber to work as a contractor in North Dakota for the next year.

Before retiring, Gertge worked as a team leader at Hill Air Force Base, specializing in re-entry systems for intercontinental ballistic missiles.

He will have a similar job in Minot, N.D., as a contractor.

The decision means stepping out of retirement and moving away from two of his children who live in South Weber.

"It was tough," Gertge said Monday, acknowledging that he's had "a lot of rewarding experiences serving the public."

Besides serving as mayor, Gertge also sat on about a dozen boards in northern Utah, including the Davis County Board of Health, Wasatch Integrated Waste Management District, Central Weber Sewer Improvement District, the Wasatch Front Regional Council's Regional Growth Council, Northern Utah Regional Landfill Agency and others.

Gertge has lived in South Weber since 1985 and was chairman of the city's Planning Commission before being elected mayor.

He said he has faith in the good people of South Weber to carry the city forward.

South Weber residents who are interested in applying to be mayor may do so by July 8. The City Council will conduct interviews with interested people during a work meeting July 15 and will go into closed session to deliberate.

The new mayor will be installed July 22.

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