Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Christopherson Appointed as District 3 City Council Member

The Taylorsville City Council voted 3-1 to appoint Brad Christopherson as the council member over district 3, which covers the city’s southeast quadrant.

The council publicly interviewed the seven applicants for the position and originally narrowed it down to four - Christopherson, Tally Pond, Dave Ballou and Daryl Gudmundson.

Christopherson, 35, owns his own law practice and has lived in Taylorsville his whole life. He and his wife, Wendy, have three children. The new council member is a Republican state delegate and serves on the Calvin Smith Elementary school community council.

“Everything good that’s happened to me in my life has happened here in Taylorsville,” said Christopherson. “I have a love of public service and believe that being involved is a duty and responsibility.”

Christopherson said he is happy about the city’s recent decision to move the police department to Unified Police Department, and wants to make sure the city’s fire protection is adequate. He also said that economic development needs to be a focus. “If we can increase the business activity in the city, we have a better chance to pay for services without raising taxes.”

Council Chair Dama Barbour said the council is excited to have a full council and to get to work. She also praised the seven applicants who made a great showing during the interview process. “Brad hits an age demographic that we don’t currently have on the council. He will have some fresh ideas and we’re excited to experience the new energy he will bring to the council,” said Barbour.

The District 3 City Council seat was vacated earlier this month when then-council member Jerry Rechtenbach was appointed as interim mayor to fill Russ Wall’s remaining term. Wall resigned to serve as the Salt Lake County Public Works Director.

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