Troubled County Recorder Gary Ott has been defaulting on home loan payments

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  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    June 15, 2017 10:23 p.m.

    he makes 190,000 and he can't make a mortgage payment on this old home that cant be more than 900 a month payment? At 190,000 you should easily be able to afford 2000 a month payments. Feel bad for his family.

  • Million Riverton, UT
    June 15, 2017 6:06 p.m.

    Now that this information has come out someone related to him or Social Welfare needs to get involved to help Mr. Ott. I would be willing to do it for free. This is truly bizarre.

  • Lia Sandy, UT
    June 15, 2017 8:08 a.m.

    He must me not in his right mind.
    He is making something like $160k a year...

  • Red Smith American Fork, UT
    June 15, 2017 7:16 a.m.

    Things I don't like about these endless stories on Gary Ott -

    1-No discussion on the ulterior motive of Ben McAdams to grab the Recorder's Office for one of his cronies who may not be ill but will also do nothing for the $180k.

    2-The wholesale waste in the bloated Salt Lake County government. Obviously, the Salt Lake County Recorder's Office needs less staff, because it is the best run Recorder's Office in Utah without a director. If a director is not needed, cancel the position.

    3-The reporters on this story claim they are just protecting the tax payers, but even if Gary Ott is replaced, the level of excellent service and the level of over spending in the Recorder's Office won't change. So the Dnews is just doing what Ben McAdams has asked them to do.

  • KJR Sequim, WA
    June 14, 2017 10:30 p.m.

    Sad story, but I agree with those who wonder where Mr. Ott's salary went. Many government employees claim to be underpaid: "I could be making more in the private sector." This may have been true at one time, but not any more -- for two reasons. First, salary and particularly benefits in the government sector, have gone way up over the last two decades. Second, after a few years in a government job many could not function effectively back in the private sector. Remember the quote from Ghostbusters? "I've been in the private sector; they expect results." The irony is, many of these people could go for years, never do anything but draw a salary, and we would never notice. Even more ironic, we may be better off that way. Will Rogers said that we should be glad that we don't get all the government we pay for."

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    June 14, 2017 10:02 p.m.

    Karmen Sanone and Julie Dole both need to be investigated for fraud, theft and elder abuse. Gary Ott needs to be removed from their clutches.

  • bamafone Salem, UT
    June 14, 2017 9:13 p.m.

    Prime example of government waste, 200,000 a year, and for what. Makes your head want to explode.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    June 14, 2017 8:09 p.m.

    Where is his almost $200, 000 salary a yr. going? Someone needs to become his guardian, make sure his bills get paid, and his best interests are being looked after. Obviously that is not happening with his girlfriend or anyone else.

  • Little Andy Tremonton, UT
    June 14, 2017 7:46 p.m.

    Sounds like he has some medical problems that need to be addressed. Retirement and some family help might be the answer.

  • kkodey Salt Lake City, UT
    June 14, 2017 6:47 p.m.

    The voters entrusted Gary Ott with the ability to carry out his duties as County Recorder when we elected him, but he can't keep his own private matters in order. Seems it is time to appoint somebody who shows up for work fully capable of fulfilling their responsibilities, and not just get a paycheck for warming their office chair. Gary would show integrity if he voluntarily resigned.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    June 14, 2017 5:21 p.m.


    You beat me to it. He needs to have someone protect his interests.

  • aghast SYRACUSE, UT
    June 14, 2017 4:26 p.m.

    This makes me glad I don't live in Salt Lake County. Political leaders in calling for Ott's resignation are correct, but they should also apparently be asking for an investigation of how he is being treated and taken advantage of by Salt Lake County employees. Somebody on that salary obviously should have the dollars to pay their home equity loan, where's the money? In trying to keep it short - this is not only a potentially abusive situation of the office of recorder, but also the abuse of somebody that can't fend for themselves. When the dust settles it appears that Salt lake County will come out a looser on any end.