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County Council will interview treasurer candidates

The Summit County Council on Wednesday is scheduled to interview three candidates for county treasurer.

Former Summit County Treasurer Glen Thompson, a Republican, resigned from the post in April. The interviews, which are open to the public, are scheduled to begin at the Sheldon Richins Building at 5 p.m.

The treasurer is the elected officer in Summit County who is responsible for monitoring receiving and accounting for all county funds. The treasurer also assists in borrowing and investing money for the county.

State law allowed the Summit County Republican Party to suggest three people to replace Thompson. The three applicants from the Park City area included: Henry Glasheen, Mike Howard and Richard Motto.

Beth Jacobson, chief deputy Summit County treasurer, said her office would benefit from having a treasurer who has experience in accounting.

"The biggest part of the county treasurer is investing," Jacobson said. "Somebody that has a little knowledge with money and investing, I think would be good."

The Summit County Council has 45 days from May 1 to select a candidate.

Summit County Council Chairwoman Claudia McMullin said councilpersons need to hire somebody as soon as possible.

"I think this is about as significant a position as it gets," Summit County Councilman John Hanrahan said.

In the November election, voters will select a new county treasurer who could replace the interim treasurer in January. Each applicant for interim county treasurer will receive a 20-minute interview with the County Council on Wednesday.

Glasheen, a Republican, is a candidate for treasurer in November. He is slated to face Park City Democrat Corrie Kirklen in the treasurer race.

Glasheen works as an investment adviser. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science and is chairman of the Summit County Republican Party.

Howard, a Republican, owns Computame in Park City. He received his undergraduate degree in math and computer science. He has a Master of Business Administration from Brigham Young University.

Motto, a Republican, graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah and a master’s degree from Syracuse University. He owns an architecture company.

Meanwhile, Thompson said health concerns influenced his decision to retire early. Thompson was treasurer for about 25 years.


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