Three applicants applied for the vacated seat of Bassam Salem, who resigned in May. The other two applicants were Glenn Wright, the chair of the Summit County Democratic Party, and Chris Hage, who has often spoken out against Planning Commission and County Council decisions.
Lawson has lived in Park City since 1976 and served on the Park City Planning Commission from 1977 to 1984. He also helped create the county's General Plan and Development Code in the mid-1980s, an experience that will greatly help the Commission, he said.
"There are a number of tasks under way, including the modification of the general plan and development code," Lawson said. "It is time to bring a conclusion to the revisions and I think my experience working with it before will help. It is important get the updates completed, progress has been moving forward slowly."
Lawson currently works as a project manager for The Colony at White Pine. During his interview with the County Council, he assured the councilors that his job would not interfere with his work on the Commission, despite the fact that one of the projects he worked on his currently in front of the Planning Commission for approval.
"I am not involved in the final steps of this project and would not have a conflict of interest," he said.
Lawson's term will expire in February, 2014.