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Dems to pick new county recorder

Nan Chalat Noaker, The Park Record

Delegates from the Summit County Democratic Party are scheduled to pick a new county recorder on Thursday to serve the balance of Alan Spriggs’s term. After 26 years in office, Spriggs recently announced his intention to retire. His last day at the courthouse is Friday.

Two people have expressed interest in the position: former Summit County Commissioner Patrick Cone, of Oakley; and current Chief Deputy Recorder Mary Ann Trussell, who lives in Henefer.

The successful candidate, who must be confirmed by the County Council, will serve through January 2015. The post will be on the November 2014 ballot with the county’s other elected officials.

As described on the county’s website, the recorder’s responsibilities include maintaining all land records for Summit County. That includes documenting real estate transactions and liens and ensuring those records are accessible.

The job pays an annual salary of $95,559.90 and comes with all of the benefits distributed to full-time county employees including health, dental and life insurance.

Trussell has worked in the recorder’s office for 22 years. For the past 16 years, she has served as chief deputy recorder. One of her coworkers said Trussell had been encouraged by other leaders in the courthouse to apply for the position because of her long history in the department.

According to Cone, his background in surveying, navigation and county management will help him understand and fulfill the duties of county recorder.

Cone also commented that Spriggs’s retirement gives the county a chance to "evaluate the efficiency, budget, and necessity of having an independently elected recorder." Cone said he would like to see the county investigate the possibility of consolidating some offices, an issue that has been broached in the past.

According to Summit County Democratic Party Chairman Glenn Wright, the election will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at the Sheldon Richins Building at Kimball Junction. Only the party’s 109 delegates are eligible to vote. The winner will be determined by a simple majority and that name will be submitted to the County Council for their approval and formal appointment.

 


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