Mayor's Message: City Council Change in District 1

By Mayor Trent Staggs

mayor-message-feb23-thumbOn November 8, Councilman Sheldon Stewart was elected to serve as a member of the Salt Lake County Council representing District 5, which includes all of Riverton and Bluffdale, and large portions of Draper, Herriman, South Jordan and West Jordan. He was sworn into his new county council position on January 3. Accordingly, he needed to resign from his city council seat, which he held for nearly three terms, and did so on December 14.

Sheldon represented District 1 on the council for 11 years. He has had a tremendous impact on our city. He was a tireless advocate for his district, which encompasses the far west side of Riverton. He was a champion for economic growth, improved infrastructure, greater broadband access and efficient, transparent government. Many fantastic projects we’ve seen come to fruition recently in our city were made possible with Sheldon’s support, including Mountain View Village, Costco and Google Fiber. I’ve really enjoyed working with Sheldon and wish him the very best of luck in his new role, where I know he will continue to be a strong advocate for southwest Salt Lake County.

In compliance with state code, we opened applications for individuals interested in serving on the Riverton City Council in District 1 in December. We had a great response and ended up interviewing 12 excellent candidates who wanted to serve on the council. Andy Pierucci was selected by the council during our January 3 meeting to fill the remainder of Sheldon’s term, which runs through the end of 2023.

Andy is a fantastic addition to the council, and I wanted to introduce him here to the community. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge that will no doubt help keep Riverton a great place to live, work and raise a family. He and his family have lived in Riverton for nearly eight years. He has previously served as a member and chair of the Riverton City Historic Preservation Commission and member of the Riverton City Economic Development Committee.

In his professional life, Andy works in the aerospace and defense industry full-time and works part-time as an adjunct professor at the Utah Valley University Center for National Security Studies. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from Utah State University and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Utah. He serves on the Utah Advisory Committee for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and as a founding board member for the Utah Aerospace and Defense Association.

Andy has stated that his priorities for office include consistent engagement with the community, transparent government, fiscal responsibility and being responsive to the community’s needs. I hope you will join me in wishing Councilman Pierucci the very best of luck as he begins his service on the Riverton City Council.

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