Lemon: county will miss Petersen

Now that Cache County Councilmember Craig Petersen has been elected as the new Logan mayor his relationship with Lynn Lemon will change.

Lemon is the Cache County Executive, a position with the county that is comparable with being mayor of a city. Lemon says he has worked well with Petersen as one of seven members of the county council and he expects they will work well together in the future.

Lemon says Petersen’s contributions as a member of the council will be missed. Lemon says Petersen reached out beyond the county in an effort to get a countywide library and he was also interested in Franklin County’s long term planning.

“I think it will really help him,” Lemon says, “in his role as the mayor of Logan. He will have a better understanding because certainly Logan is a major player as far as the entire valley, including both Cache and Franklin County.

“I think that will help him in his relationship working with other cities. He realizes that Logan is a major player but it’s important for all of us to cooperate and work together.”

Since Petersen will be leaving the council before his term expires, there will be a process to replace him.

“The county council meets to inform the Republican Party because Craig is a Republican in the office he is holding here,” Lemon explains. “They would need to inform the Republican Party of the vacancy.

“The Republican Party has 30 days to submit a name to the county council for his replacement. The county council can, if they want to, can appoint an interim person to serve until the party submits a name to them.”

Lemon says it used to be that the county council did the choosing of a new council member but that changed and the political party makes the decision now.

Petersen will soon resign his position after spending nearly 19 years on the Cache County Council. Petersen will be sworn in as Mayor of Logan at the first Logan City Council meeting of the new year.

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