Logan Mayor Randy Watts has said he will not fire the city’s Washington, D.C. lobbyist Tim Stewart after it was learned that Stewart was the man behind an anti-Mike Lee ad just before the Republican Primary election. Some people called the ad dirty, dishonest and potentially illegal. Logan City pays Stewart $40,000 a year while the Cache Valley Transit District has been paying him $30,000 a year for lobbyist services. CVTD officials have said they are considering dumping Stewart but on KVNU’s Crosstalk show Tuesday, Board President Mike Arnold said no formal decision has been made.”Tim feels bad from the conversations we’ve had with him, of what went on,” Arnold said. “Our main concern is his effectiveness going forward. “Has he lost that effectiveness or is he still respected in the legislative community? That is our major concern. We’re not trying to punish Tim. We’re not trying to punish anyone. Again, we’re paying for a service. Is that service being effectively delivered?”Arnold says the main priority for the CVTD is to make sure it is serving the district first and foremost. He says the main goal of the board is to provide strategic direction for the transit system and that is taken into consideration before a decision is made.
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