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SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City Mayor-elect Jackie Biskupski announced Friday that she has selected Salt Lake County Township Executive Patrick Leary to serve as her chief of staff.

"(Leary's) more than 20 years of experience in public administration, his wealth of knowledge in local government, deep commitment to accessible and transparent government, combined with our shared belief that public service is a calling that requires a high degree of professionalism and humility, make him the perfect fit for the role of chief of staff in my administration," Biskupski said in a prepared statement.

"I have known Patrick both professionally and personally, and know he will bring a high level of competence and professionalism, along with an understanding that the needs of the people and a desire to humbly serve them must always be at the core of every decision we make," she added.

Leary will serve as Biskupski's chief of staff for the remainder of her transition period and take over the duties of Mayor Ralph Becker's current chief of staff, David Everitt, when the mayor-elect takes office Jan. 4.

In January 2013, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams appointed Leary as the county's first township executive, responsible for providing municipal services to the 160,000 residents living in the unincorporated areas of the county.

"I am humbled at the opportunity to serve (Biskupski) and to help implement her vision for Salt Lake City," Leary said in a prepared statement. "Throughout her career, (Biskupski) has always prioritized people and fought to bring voice to those who have been underrepresented. We have already seen that commitment from her as mayor-elect, and I am looking forward to working with her as she continues that mission as mayor of our capital city."

McAdams said Leary has done an "outstanding job" at Salt Lake County, leading teams to provide high-quality municipal services.

"He'll be missed, but Salt Lake City residents will gain the benefit of his experience and dedication," McAdams said in a prepared statement. "We'll still tap into that when we work collaboratively with the city on many of the joint projects we do together."

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Everitt said while he doesn't know Leary well, their occasional professional interactions have always been "positive and professional."

"It sounds like he has a wealth of experience that will probably serve him well in this role," Everitt said. "I wish him the best of luck."

While Everitt expected that he would not be retained as chief of staff, he said he will miss working for Salt Lake City.

"It's been a gift of an experience," he said. "I will very much miss the people that I've been working with over the last eight years."

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