Thursday, December 20, 2012

Taylorsville Mayor Resigns to Take County Cabinet Post

At a press conference held today, Taylorsville Mayor Russ Wall announced his resignation effective January 8, 2013, as he takes a position in Mayor-elect Ben McAdams’ cabinet as the Director of Public Works.

Wall is in his second term and seventh year as mayor and previously served a four-year term on the city council.

“I have very mixed emotions,” said Wall. “I’ve loved serving the residents of Taylorsville, but will look forward to assisting Mayor-elect McAdams in his vision for Salt Lake County.”

Wall said his decision to make this move was based on a number of things. Because public works is a department that affects virtually everyone in Salt Lake County, he said he was excited to serve a larger portion of the community. He also stated that his original goals and objectives when he became Taylorsville’s mayor have been accomplished. “The city has a great staff right now that is stable and hard working,” Wall said. “I know our city will continue to move forward in a positive direction.”

Wall said the demands of being a mayor and running campaigns takes a toll on his family and he’s excited to spend more time with his eight grandchildren.

“Mayor Wall has demonstrated his passion for public service as Taylorsville Mayor,” said Salt Lake County Mayor-elect McAdams. “I know he’ll be a wonderful addition to my team and all county residents as he continues to serve the public as Salt Lake County’s director of Public Works and Regional Development.” 

Mayor Russ Wall and Mayor-elect Ben McAdams

Some of Russ Wall’s accomplishments as Taylorsville mayor include:
  • Won “Best of State Mayor” for 2012.
  • Helped form the Unified Police Department and then urged Taylorsville to have all police services through UPD this year, saving the city over $600,000.
  • Promoted transparent and open government through better communication with city council members, improved customer service at city hall, and more means of communicating to the public via social media.
  • Under his watch, Taylorsville was deemed the city with the lowest cost per capita for residents of any city in the state by the Utah Taxpayers Association.
  • Improved economic development by implementing an economic development team, updating the city’s branding and logo, and helping to bring in technology and science- based businesses which brought hundreds of jobs to the city.
  • Advocated for veterans by promoting legislation to help veterans, hosted the annual Veterans parade and program, and this past year dedicated the Veterans Memorial at Taylorsville.
  • Partnered the city with YMCA and Granite School District to build a YMCA Community Center.
  • Promoted energy efficiency by creating a Green Committee and retrofitting city buildings and changing out street lights to be energy efficient.
  • Advocated walking trails, bike lanes, parks and open space. Oversaw funding, planning and construction of the city’s Little League baseball diamonds, the city’s first bike lanes, and cleaned up the Jordan River Parkway. This past year Taylorsville became a “Tree City USA” city.
  • Championed transportation improvements to aid in better traffic flow and improved public safety.

    Process for filling the Taylorsville Mayor interim term:

    The city council will be meeting on Friday, December 21 at 5 p.m. to provide notice that they will accept interested resident’s names to be submitted for the office of mayor.

    Residents have until January 4, 2013 to come into city hall and fill out an application. Applicants need to be a Taylorsville resident for the past 12 months, be a registered voter, and not be a convicted felon.

    On January 9, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. the council will review the names submitted, interview the applicants, and then vote on who shall fill the remaining term. The term expires on December 31, 2013.

    For more information, applicants can contact Cheryl Cottle, city recorder, at 801-963-5400.

    Media contact: Aimee Newton Taylorsville Communications Director (801) 808-5103 

1 comment:

  1. I'll bet he's glad he hosted the barbecue for McAdams now!


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