Salt Lake County, Recorder Gary Ott reach agreement on resignation

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Salt Lake County and the guardians of Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott reached an agreement about Ott’s employment Thursday. 
 
Ott will resign his elected office and employment effective August 1, 2017. There has been a lot of controversy surrounding Ott’s capacity to serve in public office over the last year.
 
County mayor, Ben McAdams called for Ott’s resignation in June. 
 
The agreement provides for a lump sum payment of $35,000. The county says both parties agreed this was appropriate given the circumstances. 
 
The court-appointed guardians, his siblings Martin, Kathy, and Kris, will place the severance amount into an account dedicated to meeting Ott’s medical and other needs as he transitions out of public service, according to a news release from Salt Lake County. 
 
Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office negotiated the agreement on the county’s behalf. 
 
“This agreement represents a significant step toward preserving for Gary the dignity and care he needs.  We worked hard to get to this agreement in place quickly and efficiently as soon as the family was legally able to negotiate on Gary’s behalf.  I want to personally thank Gary’s sisters and brother, Mayor McAdams, and the Salt Lake County Council for coming together to fashion an effective, collaborative, and humanitarian solution to this issue,” said Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill. 
 
The remaining terms of the agreement have been submitted to a court for approval. 
 
Going forward, the Republican Party of Salt Lake County will be responsible for choosing Ott’s successor. There are already five people who have expressed interest, according to the chair of Salt Lake County Republicans, Jake Parkinson. Whoever gets the job will have to run again in a 2018 election.
 
Friday, a Utah Third District Court approved the agreement. They issued the following statement:

Earlier this morning, the Utah Third District Court ratified Salt Lake County’s agreement with Gary Ott’s sisters Kris and Kathy and his brother Martin, who are the court-appointed guardians of Mr. Ott, for Gary Ott’s resignation as the elected Salt Lake County Recorder effective August 1, 2017.  We hope today’s decision by the Court enables Mr. Ott and his family to move forward with the privacy they deserve when dealing with sensitive medical and financial matters personal to Mr. Ott.

The selection of Mr. Ott’s replacement as Salt Lake County Recorder is a matter of Utah state law and, by law, should be substantially complete within approximately six weeks.

 
 
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