Is the Salt Lake County recorder really running his office?

Employees, police reports raise concerns about Gary Ott's health

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  • JayTee Sandy, UT
    March 15, 2016 11:43 a.m.

    I really loved the part about Dole making more at MediaOne Real Estate, and just joining the recorder's office because she loves the job. That's rich.

  • 5 in a row for the Utes! Ogden, UT
    March 1, 2016 3:13 p.m.

    Hughes and McCay could provide their help in the matter.

  • dalefarr South Jordan, Utah
    March 1, 2016 2:19 p.m.

    Mr.UtahMan
    How about meeting with him and asking him to resign, or conditioning elected, county, official salaries on at least a 40 hour work week? Last but not least, go to the legislature and seek a process for removing elected officials who can't do the work.

  • Semi-Strong Louisville, KY
    March 1, 2016 2:07 p.m.

    Sounds like the nepotism laws need to be reviewed to include boyfriends and girlfriends. If Ms. Sanone is Mr. Ott's girlfriend, one of them should not be employed in the same office.

    I am also perplexed by a situation in which a deputy would make more money than the chief. To say it sounds odd would be an understatement.

    Finally, if the two deputies (for love or money) are keeping Mr. Ott's health issues a secret, they are betraying the public trust. Especially if they knew of these prior to the election. If so, perhaps all three should go and give the office a clean sweep.

    Finally, if one can be the Recorder and be super-hands off while the deputies run the office, perhaps a Recorder and two deputies is overkill and the taxpayers need fewer administrators in that office.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    March 1, 2016 1:53 p.m.

    This is a situation that has been ongoing for at least a couple years and yet there is still an unwillingness to address it directly and effectively.

    Not surprisingly, we're talking about a government job.

  • MrUtahMan Salt Lake County, UT
    March 1, 2016 12:42 p.m.

    Dalefarr....There is nothing they can do. Can't impeach him. Can't sanction him. Can't do anything about it. In the 30s there was an elected official that literally would not show up to work, the commission (SLCO) fired him, he sued, and the Utah Supreme Court said they couldn't remove him. Stop blaming others for uninformed voters.

  • Wasatch Al South Jordan, UT
    March 1, 2016 12:10 p.m.

    Interesting that the county mayor, county council members, and republican party leaders claim they can do nothing about the situation. Sounds like they don't want to get involved and maybe help someone out and also save the taxpayers big money. Typical political "looking out for your own" and back rubbing philosophy.

  • No One Of Consequence West Jordan, UT
    March 1, 2016 12:04 p.m.

    Sounds like he should run for Congress next.

  • Patrick Henry West Jordan, UT
    March 1, 2016 9:43 a.m.

    We need to model the U.S. Constitution here. If the President is out of commission due to medical reasons the U.S. Constitution provides for his removal. We should have a legal mechanism to remove an unfit public servant as well.

    If Mr. Ott is truly unfit for duty he should be removed.

  • dalefarr South Jordan, Utah
    March 1, 2016 9:34 a.m.

    To sum up, County elected officials have known for years that Ott cannot do his duties but have done nothing to solve the problem.

  • twobie Salt Lake City, UT
    March 1, 2016 9:07 a.m.

    I am quite concerned about this as well. It sounds to me that Gary Ott may need to resign and that the county recorder's office reorganize its leadership staffing. I do NOT like the idea of anyone making $179K and not putting their heart and soul into their work. ESPECIALLY for a public office. I also cannot stand any person in power taking advantage of the system. "He that is chief among you shall be your servant" as a great person once said. :)

    I know things may be rough but we, as a public, DO expect alot of our elected officials. I have to use the records/data several times a week on the Salt Lake County Recorder website and it is fabulous to work with. The recorders at the front counter are also GREAT to work with.

  • Peter5 Davis, UT
    March 1, 2016 8:41 a.m.

    Dementia is a tough thing to deal with for anyone. I think it is really sad that those who are involved with Mr. Ott personally (family & friends), don't find a way to get him some help. They are not doing him, or the taxpayers any favors by trying to hide the obvious. If Mr. Ott is truly suffering from some form of dementia, he most likely doesn't have the ability to get help or make decisions without outside help. This is unfortunately the sad truth of dementia.

  • Old Scarecrow Brigham City, UT
    March 1, 2016 7:05 a.m.

    $179K per year for being a "global leader." Nice work, generally available only in government. Voters aren't doing their jobs these days, especially in Salt Lake City and County.

  • emb Pleasant Grove, UT
    March 1, 2016 5:33 a.m.

    Mr Ott should be thanked for his service to the people and then he should resign. emb