SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – Utah Speaker of the House Greg Hughes is stepping down from the Inland Port Authority board.
He will be replaced by Representative Francis Gibson (R – District 65).
Governor Gary Herbert said, “We appreciate Speaker Hughes’ desire to have a successful inland port in Utah. We respect his decision to step aside from the Inland Port Authority Board at this time.”
Hughes appointed himself to the board as one of his final acts as Speaker of the House. That accompanied by accusations of conflicts of interest prompted some to call for his resignation from the board.
Alliance for a Better Utah issued the following statement:
“We’re pleased to see Speaker Hughes following the letter of the law by resigning from his self-appointed position on the Inland Port Authority.
Laws informing ethical obligations and protecting against conflicts of interest are of utmost importance in maintaining public trust in our institutions of government.
“As the Inland Port Authority continues to organize and begin the implementation of this enormous project, we call on its members to subscribe to the highest standards of ethics and transparency. As the Legislature considers any future changes to legislation authorizing the port, we urge lawmakers to heed the concerns of Governor Herbert, who recently expressed hesitance in changing any conflict of interest requirement related to the port.”
Gov. Herbert called Gibson a “strong choice” to serve on the board. “We look forward to his contributions on this team effort to better connect Utah to global commerce.