SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) State representative Adam Gardiner was sworn in as the new Salt Lake County recorder Friday.
Gardiner replaces long-time recorder Gary Ott who stepped down on August 1.
Criticism over Gary Ott’s mental health swirled over the past year. This summer, his family gained legal guardianship while he received help in a medical facility..
Gardiner beat out eight other people running for the position, with a majority of the Salt Lake County Republican delegates picking him Thursday night.
Gardiner was elected to the state legislature last year and has experience as a business manager and former advisor to the Salt Lake County Council.
“I want to put the issues that have been plaguing the office the last three or four years, I want to put those behind us. I want to interview the staff, one on one, individually, find out their strengths and weaknesses and see if we need to reshuffle the office or figure out how we can get the best bang for the tax payers’ buck,” Gardiner said.
Julie Dole, Ott’s chief deputy, ran for county recorder but did not make it past the first round of votes. She received criticism for not speaking up as Ott’s health declined.
Gardiner does not plan to keep Dole on board. Dole told ABC4 Utah that Friday is her last day in the recorder’s office and is currently looking for employment.
Gardiner will resign his house seat and serve as recorder through 2018.