WOODS CROSS – Former Woods Cross Police Officer James Sheldon was sworn in as the city’s newest council member, replacing former Council Member Rick Earnshaw who was elected mayor in November.
Sheldon was the school resource officer at Woods Cross High School and DARE (Drug Abuse Resistence Education) officer at Woods Cross Elementary School, before moving on to work for the state of Utah.
He was chosen to fill the council vacancy from a field of 10 candidates, according to Woods Cross City manager Gary Uresk.
Sheldon ran for a council seat in November.
The council interviewed 10 candidates at its Jan. 21 council meeting before choosing Sheldon
“The fact he was a candidate (in November) weighed heavily in the council’s decision, Uresk said.
Quite a few new faces were among those interviewed for the position, Uresk said, including two recently appointed to the Woods Cross Board of Adjustments.
During the election, Sheldon said his main priorities would be the development of 500 South Legacy area to increase the city’s tax base and make our city more financially sound.