Ben McAdams restructures county public works department, names Taylorsville mayor as director

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  • catharsis SLC, UT
    Dec. 21, 2012 9:42 a.m.

    I see that Russ Wall has found a way to stay in public service so he wouldn't have to face being voted out by Taylorsville citizens this next year. I wonder if this appointment was made as exchange for Russ Wall's face shots in McAdam's campaign commercials. I don't know what huge savings he and the council have given me because my city property taxes went up $200+ this year with more tax increases promised on the way. I'm not looking forward to seeing what "unavoidable" tax increases he can promote in the county on top of the coming tax increases the county already approved.

  • StateTheFacts SAlt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 21, 2012 9:10 a.m.

    1Observer -- just the opposite-- its the 16 fiefdoms in this valley that represent duplication, redundancy and inefficiency. Mr Wall and a smart Taylorsville city council proved again joining a more efficient UPD, increase police service saved that city $600million a year. Time power grab kingdom builders check their egos at the door and get serious with tax payer dollars

  • StateTheFacts SAlt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 21, 2012 3:28 a.m.

    Mayor-elect McAdams demonstrates energy, creativity and leadership shaping his team to be more responsive to all citizens. With this move, McAdams provides equal access to all citizens, regardless if one lives within a city or in the unincorporated area. A brilliant organizational move to channel executive resources to efficiently channel county services to townships, community councils throughout the unincorporated area in the county. Significant organizational tweaks like this--including the inclusion of Mr. Wall-- enables local communities to reach and unleash county services and streamline delivery. Likewise, Mr. Leary is positioned to strongly advocate township and community council needs to the county through the Mayor's office, with equal voice and accountability as any other city mayor in the county--overall, a strong bold response to those in the Millcreek incorporation debate that felt unrepresented at the county. This structure clearly leverages the economies of county government through a more direct and tighter delivery channel to each citizen in the county. Great move, fully support--anxious to see additional creative decisions from this new Mayor and county council that are setting the tone of problem solving with responsive leadership. Welcome Mr. Leary and Mr. Wall.

  • 1Observer Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 21, 2012 12:40 a.m.

    Bloating bureaucracy and creating more unaccountable regional taxing authorities. Time to dump the county....