Vote for River Heights Mayor Criticized

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RIVER HEIGHTS, Utah (AP) -- The city council election of River Heights' new mayor is being questioned.

City councilman Bill Baker was selected as the city's new mayor this week after a three-to-one vote by the city council. He beat former councilwoman Debbie Rees to replace Mayor Todd Weston who died last month.

But members of the council cast their votes on a piece of paper rather than verbally.

Tim Smith is a lawyer retained by the Society of Professional Journalists in the matter. He says that by not publicly stating the vote the council violated the state's open meetings law.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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