The Latest: Family relieved embattled official will resign
Jul. 20, 2017
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on the resignation of an embattled Utah elected official who will resign his office (all times local):
Family members serving as legal guardians of an embattled Utah elected official being treated at a medical facility are relieved they've worked out a deal for his resignation.
Mary Corporon, an attorney for Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott's family, said at a press conference Thursday afternoon that more than a year of public speculation about Ott's diminished mental capacity has been frustrating and embarrassing for the family.
She says a deal for him to resign his office effective August 1 brings the family relief and allows Ott to retire with privacy.
Corporon declined to answer questions about his medical condition but court documents say he's unable to fulfill his elected office because of "mental incapacity that is not temporary in nature."
The 64-year-old Ott has served more than 15 years in the office overseeing property records.
A Utah elected official who has been placed under his family's guardianship after more than a year public questions about his mental capacity will resign his office.
Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill and Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams said in a statement Thursday that Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott would resign his office Aug. 1.
His resignation is part of an agreement with Ott's siblings, who are serving as his legal guardians while he's being treated at a medical facility.
His family planned to hold a press conference later Thursday afternoon.
The 64-year-old was elected to a six-year term ending in 2020. His taxpayer-funded position pays about $150,000 annually.
Salt Lake County officials were legally unable to force him to resign but raised concerns that he is being manipulated by his staff.