Utah city appoints new mayor who pleaded guilty last year to DUI

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  • blackattack Orem, UT
    Jan. 17, 2019 2:13 p.m.

    I believe those who commit DUIs deserve a second chance. But that second chance doesn't need to be mayor of a city or within one year after a seriously drunk DUI.

    Actions have consequences. This mayoral appointment seems to evade them.

  • Akman Santaquin, UT
    Jan. 17, 2019 11:48 a.m.

    Is drinking a virtue or does it make everything better? Should we be encouraging more people to drink. Do we need more bars more opportunities to drink. If it is such a good thing then shouldn’t we be encouraging the lowering of drinking age or no age requirement at all?

    These comments all go far a field. Alcohol is problematic on the road and at work and at home. The rants about any concern about drinking behavior being a Mormon conspiracy to take over free will are tired.

    There should have been a vote of transparency for this key position of trust. Lack to do so seems odd. The issue is knowingly breaking a serious law. Trust entails expectation that you don’t take violating the law lightly. The average person drives 500 times for each time they get caught. Hopefully his vetting should have clarified the extent of his alcoholism. The people of Layton will have to pay big bucks if he messes up and kills someone while on the job as their mayor.

    Are the people of Layton signing off on that? The council doesn’t appear that sure, or they would sign their names to their action.

  • casual observer Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 17, 2019 11:41 a.m.

    His decision to drive drunk, very drunk, speaks to his judgment and lack of concern for those he could have harmed. Will this attitude translate into his decisions as mayor?

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Jan. 17, 2019 11:31 a.m.

    I wouldn't have voted for him were I on the Lay-un City Council. His behavior shows that he's, at this point, worthy of being trusted. Maybe after a period of penance or repentance he could gain that trust back, but not right now.

    Maybe the council saw this as a way to get him off of the council since most likely if he runs for mayor, his opponents will definitely bring this up as a campaign issue and hammer him with it. And they know the mayor job is temporary.

  • amigo sandy, UT
    Jan. 17, 2019 10:54 a.m.

    You got this my man. You'll do a great job despite living in over-judgmental Utah.
    Best of luck to you!

  • THEREALND Mishawaka, IN
    Jan. 17, 2019 10:49 a.m.

    I found it interesting when this guy characterized his DUI as a mistake or bad decision that he made in January 2018. As if it was the only time. More likely that was just the only time he was caught. Furthermore, perhaps the only time that he was caught and actually arrested.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Jan. 17, 2019 10:00 a.m.

    @imsmarterthanyou - Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 17, 2019 6:29 a.m.
    Excellent. I don't know anything about this guy, but I'm sure whether or not he has a few drinks on occasion has absolutely nothing to do with whether or not he can do his job. "

    Wow- where to start? First, the guy didn't have a few drinks on occasion. He was driving erratically and pulled over after have a mass quantity of drinks. Starting in the morning, while working. An amount that would put a social drinker in the hospital. He was driving a city owned vehicle, with a firearm and an open container. Plus, there's a credibility issue. He, by his religion, eschews alcohol and those who drink. His actions make him a hypocrite that doesn't tell the truth.

  • Elsleuith Eagle Mountain, UT
    Jan. 17, 2019 9:50 a.m.

    “I made a very bad choice in January...."

    Yes, you did and you could have killed someone. You need to be clean and sober for years not months before any credibility is restored.

    His license should have been taken away. Too lenient Utah.

  • high school fan Huntington, UT
    Jan. 17, 2019 7:26 a.m.

    What a judgmental group of responders? And a judgmental newspaper article to boot. You don’t know this guy, I don’t, but you sure are ready to condemn him. It was once said, paraphrasing here, let him without sin cast the first stone.
    If he doesn’t do a good job he’ll be gone in a year. The citizens will elect a candidate this November, whether it will be him or two qualified women or someone else.

  • JapanCougar Layton, UT
    Jan. 17, 2019 6:59 a.m.

    Poor decision by the Layton city council. Votes of this nature should not be secretive. Bad things happen where there is no accountability.

  • imsmarterthanyou Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 17, 2019 6:33 a.m.

    @ WeThePeople - Sandy, UT

    It is not the job of the government to "make our people righteous." Something about separation of religion and state comes to mind. And who are you to decide what is morally right for others? What if there's a lot of people who think their morals are just fine even if they are different from yours? I think if you look deeper into the beliefs of your own religion there is a big deal about trying to force people to your will. Something regarding agency comes to mind.

  • caleby Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 17, 2019 6:30 a.m.

    I can understand letting slide a DUI from 20 years ago, but last year? The fact that he would throw his hat back in the ring so soon is telling. So glad I don't live in Layton.

  • imsmarterthanyou Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 17, 2019 6:29 a.m.

    Excellent. I don't know anything about this guy, but I'm sure whether or not he has a few drinks on occasion has absolutely nothing to do with whether or not he can do his job. The punishments for a DUI are sufficient without banning the person from doing their job.

  • BobbyPaluga Austin, TX
    Jan. 17, 2019 5:57 a.m.

    Hitting 0.11 is a BAD mistake, but a 0.20+ reading is a BAD mistake made by an alcoholic. If you have “one too many” you might come close to the new limit, I have never met a person who wasn’t a committed alcoholic arrested then brought into our ER/Trauma unit, hitting 0.20 plus. Many of those killed in accidents they caused had much less alcohol in their blood, than 0.20. In some people you can kill yourself by drinking that much. Either the city council has no clue what their really dealing with or don’t care.

  • Birdman1990 Mapleton, UT
    Jan. 16, 2019 11:24 p.m.

    I think people are redeemable. Sometimes people can turn negative choices into very positive outcomes.

  • B-Real2 Saratoga Springs, UT
    Jan. 16, 2019 9:58 p.m.

    This guy, with his recent record, won over 2 qualified women from the council? 🤔 not good optics Layton Council.

  • Axis Layton, UT
    Jan. 16, 2019 9:52 p.m.

    Layton citizens should be outraged at this appointment. This shows how unethical and out of touch our supposed representatives have become. We don't hold them accountable for anything. Go ahead and break the law and put our families at risk by drunk driving and having a firearm in the car with you while you are intoxicated. It is a clear message to our youth and community. Do what you want as long as you are an elected official, because you won't be held accountable like everyone else. His past actions make his pledge for championing public safety very offensive. I hope that concerned Layton citizens will let their voices be heard now and with each future election until we have people who will truly represent our community and our values.

  • utahute69 Laguna Niguel, CA
    Jan. 16, 2019 9:49 p.m.

    A DUI is a serious offense, but unfortunately, some have chosen to make it a lifetime sentence of shame regardless of the individual's past and his life since the infraction. Just because he had a DUI doesn't mean he isn't capable of conducting himself in a responsible matter in the future. I am amazed at those that leave comments about this situation and this man while implying he somehow became a criminal that can not be trusted in any capacity. People would be seriously surprised if they knew how many of their most respected acquaintances have had a DUI including the personal physician.

  • ConservativeCommonTater Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 16, 2019 9:32 p.m.

    Well, there goes another TR card. This guy was almost 5x the current DUI limit and almost 3x the previous DUI limit.

    Hope he admits he has a problem and seeks rehab treatment.

  • WeThePeople Sandy, UT
    Jan. 16, 2019 9:13 p.m.

    We may tolerate alcohol use among our population, but everyone can see it's negative effects on Utah families.

    But from our leaders, we deserve better. If our leaders cannot support and sustain Correct Moral Principles, how can they make our nation righteous?

  • Cool Cat Cosmo Payson, UT
    Jan. 16, 2019 6:59 p.m.

    I certainly do hope that he's changed his ways. Hopefully he doesn't let the people of Layton down. Time will tell.

  • Legal? Saint George, UT
    Jan. 16, 2019 6:04 p.m.

    Impartial and Mainly Me and others:

    The other city officials in Layton who know this guy better than you and I believe that he has solved his "issues" and is well suited for the job.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Jan. 16, 2019 3:02 p.m.

    Secret Vote? That sounds like Utah Republicans. This is a disgrace. The guy was .214 at 1:30. That means he started drinking in the morning. Appointing him Mayor is a slap in the face to Layton residents.

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    Jan. 16, 2019 2:41 p.m.

    “I made a very bad choice in January...."

    Now, isn't this the understatement of the year? And Layton thinks he'll make a good mayor?