New county manager hired
The Summit County Council announced a replacement for retiring County Manager Bob Jasper on Wednesday.
Tom Fisher will become the second-ever county manager for Summit County on Jan. 20. Fisher is the county administrator for Mesa County, Colorado, and will complete his two-year contract there.
"I can tell you that I am just absolutely thrilled with the opportunity that the Summit County Council is giving myself and my family to do this job," Fisher said in an interview on Thursday. "I’m just really looking forward to working with everyone in the community and to continue to forward the council’s goals."
Fisher’s career started at the Cache Metropolitan Planning Organization as a transportation planner in Cache County, Utah. He has held multiple positions in Mesa County, including internal services director, regional services director and director of the Regional Transportation Planning Office, according to a press release from the county’s Public and Community Affairs Coordinator Julie Booth.
"I have worked very hard in my county career to work with everyone in the county and to make sure everyone is plugged in to how county government can provide good service," Fisher said. "My main job is to get to know the community, the municipalities, the unincorporated areas and the issues, so I can continue to move Summit County in the right direction."
Fisher, who will be paid $140,000 annually in the three-year contract and is eligible for relocation expenses, was chosen from a field of 45 applicants with the help of an executive recruitment company. The council then took recommendations from a manager selection committee, various department heads and other officials. The decision was made on Oct. 30.
"I think he is going to be wonderful," Human Resource Director Brian Bellamy said. "He has been described as an up-and-coming star and I think that’s what he will be."
Fisher will succeed Jasper, who has served as Summit County’s manager for the past five years and will retire on Dec. 17. It will be up to the County Council to decide what to do in the interim time between Jasper’s retirement and Fisher’s start.
"Bob Jasper has left us in very great shape," council chair Chris Robinson said. "He (Fisher) was our unanimous top pick and has more than a decade of county government experience working in all facets of the county government, so he knows it inside and out. He is a highly regarded leader in the Utah National Guard and I think he will be fantastic."