Easing contention is one of Buttars’ top priorities once he becomes county executive

He has given up a part-time job with the State Department of Agriculture and Craig Buttars is selling his Lewiston dairy operation as he prepares for the full-time job of Cache County Executive. Buttars will be taking over that position at the first of the year.

Now in his sixth year as a member of the Cache County Council, Buttars defeated Boyd Pugmire in the Republican Primary election and has no challenger in November’s general election. He will replace Lynn Lemon who is retiring after serving in the county’s top elected position over the last 20 years.

On KVNU’s Crosstalk program Friday, Buttars said he is excited about the job but knows it will be a challenge.

“I think that this election cycle we’ve had quite a bit of contention in the county, between the different elected officials, sometimes between department heads and things like that,” explained Buttars. “Once I take office, in addition to budget issues and financial issues, is going to be uniting the elected officials, the department heads in the county, and focusing on the needs of the county and how we can move forward to best meet those needs.”

Buttars served 10 years as a state representative and he believes that experience will benefit him in the new position.

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