Residency requirements dog incumbent attorney
November 18, 2006
Summit County Attorney David Brickey, unchallenged in his bid to retain his office on Election Day, faces allegations that he does not live in Summit County, potentially threatening the Republican’s bid for his first full term.
Though state law requires the area’s elected officials to live in Summit County, Brickey says he often spends nights with his wife and children in a home he owns in Sugar House.
But in leasing an apartment on Park Avenue, in Old Town Park City, he has complied with the "intent" of residency requirements for political candidates, Brickey said in a telephone interview Thursday.
Brickey, a Republican, lived in Salt Lake City when he was appointed in 2005 to replace former Summit County Attorney Bob Adkins, who stepped down to become a district court judge. Commissioners instructed him at the time to find a home in Summit County within a few weeks.
So he rented an apartment in Park City from longtime friend Greg Skordas, an attorney in Salt Lake City, Brickey said.
"The law does not require my wife and children to live with me," Brickey said, adding that the rest of his family lives in Salt Lake City.
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Brickey wouldn’t comment about how often he sleeps at his apartment in Park City, adding, "That places my family at risk and I already have had my car vandalized in Park City."
"I have every intent to be a Summit County resident," Brickey said, adding that equity in his home in Salt Lake could allow him to purchase his family a house in western Summit County.
The Utah Attorney General’s Office and Lt. Governor’s Office hasn’t likely investigated Brickey because no formal complaints have been lodged, according to Rob Weyher, chairman of the Summit County Democratic Party.
"The law does not say you have to sleep six nights a week, or three nights a week or one night a week," Weyher said. "Brickey is doing a good job and I think he has complied with the spirit of the law."
According to Summit County Clerk Sue Follett, after Brickey was appointed to the county’s top law-enforcement post, "He brought in a lease, we registered him to vote and he signed at the bottom that he was a resident."
Brickey is currently running unopposed for his first four-year term as Summit County attorney.
"I do not know what the procedure is," said Bob Richer, chairman of the Summit County Commission, when asked whether allegations about Brickey could result in the attorney’s name being removed from the ballot.