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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — 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.

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