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Weber Co. commissioners pick Kerry Gibson replacement pending special GOP vote

Tuesday , June 12, 2018 - 2:49 PM

Weber County commissioners on Tuesday, June 11, 2018, picked Sean Wilkinson, left, to temporarily hold the commission post vacated after Kerry Gibson resigned last week to take a job with the Utah Department of Natural Resources. Wilkinson poses with Commissioner James Harvey, center, and Commissioner James Ebert.

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Weber County commissioners on Tuesday, June 11, 2018, picked Sean Wilkinson, left, to temporarily hold the commission post vacated after Kerry Gibson resigned last week to take a job with the Utah Department of Natural Resources. Wilkinson poses with Commissioner James Harvey, center, and Commissioner James Ebert.

OGDEN — There’s a new face on the Weber County Commission — temporarily.

Following last week’s announcement by Kerry Gibson that he’d step down to take a Utah Department of Natural Resources posting, commissioners on Tuesday picked Sean Wilkinson, director of the Weber County Community and Economic Development Department, to temporarily hold the seat. He’ll remain until the Weber County Republican Party picks a replacement for Gibson to fill out his term, which goes through the rest of 2018.

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“My time with the county has taught me the importance of being open, honest and courteous with the citizens we serve,” said Wilkinson, who may end up holding the seat for only a week or so. He’s worked for the county for nearly 13 years.

The Weber County Republican Party has scheduled a special election for June 18 to pick someone to fill Gibson’s term, and Wilkinson will stay on in the commission seat until then. The candidates in the special vote are Scott Jenkins, who’s running for the next term in the commission seat, and Nathan Hale.

Jenkins is a former state senator from Plain City and Hale, from Roy, is a logistics manager for a local manufacturing company. Jenkins faces Democrat Neil Hansen in Nov. 6 elections for the next term in the county commission seat.

Meantime, county commissioners on Tuesday agreed to give Gibson $64,494.60, per a county policy that entitles certain county employees to five years of medical and dental benefits on leaving their jobs. Instead of actual health coverage, eligible employees may opt to receive a cash equivalent, as Gibson is doing.

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