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Gina Chamness appointed region representative on UTA Board

Jun 19, 2017 12:27PM ● By Aspen Perry

Holladay city manager, Gina Chamness. (Holladay City)

By Aspen Perry   |    [email protected]
When Mike Romero stepped down from the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) Board of Trustees for business reasons, Holladay’s own city manager, Gina Chamness, was recommended as the region representative to complete the remaining 21 months of his term. 
Upon the announcement of Romero stepping down from the UTA Board, the five mayors within the region Romero represented were tasked with recommending an interim. Holladay City Mayor Rob Dahle saw it as an opportunity for Chamness to shine.
“All of the mayors were in favor of Gina as a strong representative of our area,” Dahle said.
With the support of the mayors of Taylorsville, Murray, Millcreek, South Salt Lake and Holladay, the Salt Lake County Council of Governments confirmed Chamness’ appointment recommendation in May, and formally welcomed Chamness on June 13.
Given both her prior experience with Salt Lake City and recent time spent in the ever-changing city of Holladay, Chamness understands the value of cities providing efficient transportation and is elated to be part of UTA’s mission.
“I look forward to supporting UTA’s mission of moving people,” she said.
Chamness further stated, “As the county’s population continues to grow, transit options will be essential to maintaining the quality of life we enjoy in the future.”
Chamness said the UTA Board is responsible for recommendations and approval of UTA’s budget, in addition to providing strategic and policy direction for UTA.
Though Chamness has not served on transportation boards in the past, her budget-savvy resume speaks for itself, and includes working with Salt Lake City for seven years as the budget manager, following two years as finance director — all before accepting a position as Holladay’s city manager. Chamness’ skills are sure to be of value to other UTA Board members. 
Considering the recent controversy surrounding UTA, from federal investigations to approving controversial land deals, it appears serving on the board will not lack in excitement.