2001 South State Street #N2-100
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114
Phone: (385) 468-7025
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CANDIDATES – List of all filed candidates for positions up for election across the county, including city mayors, city council members, water, sewer, parks and rec, etc.
In the election of November 8, 1998, Salt Lake County voters approved a Mayor/Council form of government to replace the County Commission. The new form of government took effect January 1, 2001, with the swearing in of new County officials. The first County Mayor was Nancy Workman, a Republican who, prior to being elected Mayor, had served as the elected County Recorder for the previous six years. The Council was organized with three at-large Council Members elected Countywide and six Commissioners elected from designated districts. The original nine-member County Council comprised six Republicans and three Democrats.
Governments Within SLCo
Salt Lake County is home to 16 incorporated cities ranging in size from nearly 182,000 people to less than 400. One city was incorporated more than 150 years ago while the most recent was established in 1999.
City governments provide municipal services to nearly 600,000 Salt Lake County residents–although Salt Lake County Government provides those same services to another quarter million people.
County Community Councils
County Community Councils representing 17 townships and areas around the county meet regularly each month to discuss community issues and make recommendations to the County. These community councils also meet as a an Association of Community Councils Together (A.C.C.T.) on the 2nd Thursday every month (7:00 PM) at the County Government Center (2001 South State St.). To find out where and when your community council meets, click here.
Salt Lake City Community Councils
Cities in Salt Lake County
Townships in Salt Lake County
County Positions and Duties
Departments / Elected Officials
ASSESSOR – The County Assessor is responsible and required by the Utah Constitution to list and annually value all property subject to ad valorem taxation (which means “according to value”) as of January 1st of each year.
- Business Personal Property
- Commercial Real Estate
- Information Counter
- Motor Vehicle
- Residential Real Estate
AUDITOR – Calculates the tax rates for all taxing entities in the county. Acts as clerk for the Board of Equalization. Prepares and delivers annual Valuation Notice (also known as the Truth in Tax Notice) to all property owners.
CLERK – The Clerk’s Office purpose is to conduct fair, open and honest elections, to issue marriage licenses, receive and transmit passport applications, and to prepare and retain all minutes, agendas and correspondence for the Salt Lake County Council, zoning, redevelopment agency and municipal building authority meetings.
- Marriage Division – Review marriage license applications for compliance with current laws, issue marriage licenses, perform marriage ceremonies and retain marriage records for Salt Lake County.
- Passport Division – Accept passport applications, take passport photographs and submit applications to the US Department of State for passport issuance.
- Council Clerk Division – Prepare and retain all minutes, agendas, and correspondence for the County Council, zoning, redevelopment agency and municipal building authority meetings. Maintain records, receive and retain files of notices of legal action and other official documents for the county.
- Elections Division – Administer countywide elections in general election years (even numbered years) and contract with cities to administer city elections in municipal election years (odd numbered years). Also provide election services for special elections and bond elections for Salt Lake County. Maintain voter registration records, manage voting precincts and establish polling locations for registered voters throughout Salt Lake County.
COUNTY COUNCIL – The legislative body has a nine-member Council with three council members elected at-large and six elected by district. Council members from districts are elected for four-year staggered terms in partisan elections. At-large council terms are six years. Council districts are reapportioned after each census.
The legislative Council’s authority includes:
- The power to consider and adopt ordinances, rules, and regulations;
- Consider and adopt an administrative code, policies, and procedures;
- Adopt rules governing the activities, meetings, and organization of the Council;
- Establish and adopt a budget, set and levy taxes, and establish fees;
- Fix the salaries of county officers and employees;
- Supervise internal audits and investigations;
- Conduct quasi-judicial hearings including serving as the Board of Equalization and final board of review regarding planning and zoning;
- Advise and consent to appointments by the executive branch;
- Override vetoes of the Executive by two-thirds vote;
- Supervise the conduct of county officers in accordance with state statute;
- Reapportion districts after each census;
- Divide the County into precincts and other districts as provided by law;
- Fill vacancies;
- Grant franchises;
- Provide for the development of County resources;
- Perform other legislative acts.
DISTRICT ATTORNEY – The District Attorney’s Office is responsible for a wide variety of legal work, including prosecution of all felony criminal matters in Salt Lake County, as well as handling civil governmental legal work and government litigation. A staff of 226 Deputy District Attorneys, Paralegals, Investigators, Legal Secretaries, and other support staff comprise the largest criminal prosecutorial agency in the State of Utah.
JUSTICE COURT – To provide the highest level of judicial service to the citizens of the County and the other levels of the Court at the lowest cost and in the most expeditious manner. A judge is appointed to oversee the Justice Court by the Salt Lake County Commission.
MAYOR – (Executive Branch) The Mayor enforces policies established by the County Council by assigning work in the executive branch including Public Works, Human Services, and Community and Support Services, as well as exercising power of veto.
Executive Branch Officers and Departments
- Deputy Mayor/Chief Administration Officer
- Financial Administration
- Administrative Services
- Records Management
- Human Services
- Community Services
RECORDER – Records and protects the citizen’s right to hold and own real property by maintaining comprehensive, accurate and searchable records of all property transactions, and ensuring a permanent chain of title.
SHERIFF – The Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office operates two correctional facilities; the Salt Lake County Metro Jail and the Oxbow Jail Facility. Both jails are highly efficient, designed to operate at low costs with an abundance of programs that minimize overcrowding issues while creating an approach that reduces recidivism. Salt Lake County’s Protective Services Division prides itself on meeting the diverse challenges of effective crime prevention by transitioning between law enforcement authority, prisoner management, government security and public service. The Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office has over 1,100 employees working for public safety and community service.
- Corrections Bureau
- Protective Services Division
- Search and Rescue
- Mounted Posse
- Human Resources
- Fiscal Division
- Perform all boundary, topographical, and property surveys of county properties, parks, recreational facilities, engineering improvements, and land to be purchased and/or sold by/to Salt Lake County;
- Maintain a depository and review process for plats of all surveys where property corner monuments were set to establish property boundaries;
- Maintain the accuracy and integrity of section corner and accessory monumentation in Salt Lake County. More about monumentation, including photos.
- Re-establish any lost or obliterated section corner monuments;
- Preserve the location of section corner monuments by utilizing a Global Positioning System (GPS) to establish State Plane Coordinates;
- Establish and maintain an elevation bench mark system based on mean sea level datum;
- Perform forensic surveys and recreate graphical depictions of crime scenes for law enforcement agencies;
- Perform surveys as requested by other County Government agencies;
- Perform survey work by court order;
- Develop and maintain a street centerline addressing system to assist county law enforcement and vehicle routing;
- Create and maintain a geographical mapping system showing municipal boundaries, street centerline, service districts, and recreational features;
- Maintain current and historical aerial photography maps of the County;
- Refer to Utah State Code and Salt Lake County Ordinances for more information.
TREASURER – In addition to billing, collecting, protecting, distributing and investing $1 billion in tax revenue, the Treasurer’s office does the following:
- Manages daily account balances and generates future cash flow analyses;
- Funding agent for Mayor/Council County administrative operations including payroll and vendor payments;
- Invests all Mayor/Council liquid tax revenue and bond proceeds;
- Distributes portfolio investment proceeds to all Countywide entities
- Refunds taxpayers from a successful tax appeal