BY TOM BUSSELBERG
BOUNTIFUL - Ten new mayors are taking the helm in their respective cities.
That includes Bountiful, where Randy Lewis, took the reins from Joe Johnson, who opted not to run for re-election.
Lewis and nine other new faces are heading up the business of government in their communities. The others are: Paul Cutler in Centerville, Mark Shepherd in Clearfield, Jim Talbot in Farmington and Don Carroll in Fruit Heights.
Bob Stevenson in Layton, Tamara Long in South Weber, Beverly Macfarlane in Sunset, Terry Palmer in Syracuse and Rick Earnshaw in Woods Cross were poised to take over in their respective towns.
Re-elected mayors were Lane “Mitch” Adams in Clinton, Steve Hiatt in Kaysville, Len Arave in North Salt Lake and Ken Romney in West Bountiful.
No mayoral election was held in West Point.
Most cities saw the election or re-election of two, and sometimes three, council members.
In Bountiful, as in many cities, the outgoing and incoming city officials took a few moments to reminisce and pontificate about the future.
“We want to be the kind of leaders the citizens of Bountiful don’t have to worry about,” Lewis said.
“I care much more about where the city is going than where it’s been. Our goal is to have a vision that creates a team so the actions of every employee, every elected official, every code is based on what benefits Bountiful the most,” he said.
“We have the opportunity to increase and enhance the quality of life by our decisions, and to make a difference,” Lewis said.
Nothing that so-called 100-day “honeymoon period” elected officials talk about, he said “we need to look at 30, 40 and 50 years,” he said.
“I want all of the people who come to see a smile on our faces when they come to the city,” Lewis said.
“I’m so grateful. This has been an unabashedly satisfying,” Johnson said.
Councilman Fred Moss was thanked for his contribution to keeping Bountiful Light & Power efficiently run and providing possibly the lowest power rates in the state. Tom Tolman was continually praised for his efforts at preserving the city’s history, and his knowledge of that history, and desire to share it.