What does the Utah County Clerk do?

The county clerk is primarily responsible for all records generated by the county. Their office prepares agendas and minutes for commission meetings, processes marriage licenses, and maintains other documents. Most importantly, this office oversees all elections conducted within the county boundaries –– whether federal, state, county, or municipal. Addressing shortcomings in the current election processes will be my number one priority.

But isn’t this position also the County Auditor?

Yes. In Utah County, the same elected official is responsible for both the clerk and auditor functions within county government. In addition to the financial audits that have been performed (matching actual payments to approved expenditures), I will conduct performance audits –– looking at ways to increase efficiencies within county departments.

Why are you running for this position?

As an adrenaline junkie, I purposefully sought out the most exciting elected office! All kidding aside, I am a nerd and I’m truly looking forward to examining budgets, investigating processes, and streamlining operations. As an involved citizen in Utah County, I have witnessed problems in recent elections, and I hoped to support a candidate committed to fixing them. When no motivated candidate entered the race, friends and both current and former elected officials encouraged me to run. My skills and experience are just what this office needs, and I am responding to the call of public service.

The 2017 election was a fiasco! What is your position on mail-in voting?

Just because mail-in voting didn’t work well in our county in 2017 doesn’t mean we should automatically reject it. The entire state of Oregon, one-third of the counties of Colorado, and other counties in Utah have successful mail-in voting systems. We need to reach out to these counties and learn from their best practices. I also would continue to maintain voting service centers where citizens can interact with election officials in person and cast their ballots through early voting and on Election Day. As long as we can confidently meet the criteria of security, secret ballots, and affordability, County Clerks should do everything in their power to increase access to voting.

It sounds like you want to make a lot changes in the Clerk/Auditor’s office. How would you implement these changes?

Change management is an entire discipline of business best-practices. I have studied and employed it throughout my career. As a business consultant and as a corporate representative working with independently owned dealerships, I was never in a position to impose my will. Rather, I had to demonstrate the effectiveness of proposed changes and lead – not force – the changes that needed to be made to improve company performance and job satisfaction.

What will these changes mean for current county employees?

I believe our county employees are hard-working people doing their best with antiquated systems. My first questions to them will be: “What major obstacle currently keeps you from being more effective in your job?” and “What resources would enable you to be more effective in your job?” Starting with the assumption that they know more about their jobs than I do, we can work together to bring effective change to the office.

Will it cost a lot of money to implement these changes?

No. Most of the changes I’m proposing will cost little to no money. My over-arching goal is to increase efficiency. If I can’t demonstrate that a change will cost less money over the course of three to five years, I won’t implement it. As our county continues to grow, the sooner we can implement changes the cheaper they will be in the long run.

How has your professional experience prepared you for this position?

I worked for Caterpillar, Inc. for over a decade. I spent most of that time refining processes and systems with independent Caterpillar businesses throughout the United States and Canada. I have been trained in and taken in-depth courses in accounting, management, and leadership. As a consultant, I have worked with small business owners to effectively bring their finances in line with their goals and to increase their efficiency.

Don’t you need to be a CPA to be the County Auditor?

No. While the positions of County Attorney, Surveyor, and Sheriff all require professional licensure, the Clerk/Auditor has no such requirement. I have over a decade of corporate experience in accounting, overseeing budgets, and financial management.

What sets you apart from the other candidates?

I understand efficient business systems and processes, and I will bring this mindset to the office. I can facilitate solid, meaningful change. I have a vision of where the county can be now and in the future, and I have the skills and drive to make that happen.