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McKeachnie Stays on as Rural Affairs Chief

McKeachnie Stays on as Rural Affairs Chief



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Gayle McKeachnie, who became Olene Walker's lieutenant governor when Mike Leavitt left for the federal Environmental Protection Agency, will remain as Gov. Jon Huntsman's Rural Affairs Coordinator.

McKeachnie represented Vernal in the Utah House from 1978-1986, serving as the majority whip in 1985 and 1986.

He was appointed in 1987 by then-Gov. Norm Bangerter to the state's Constitutional Revision Commission, a panel of attorneys, judges and legislators that advises the governor and lawmakers on proposed changes to the state Constitution. He served there for 12 years, including 10 as its chairman.

He was tapped by Walker in 2003 when Leavitt left for Washington.

"I am pleased that Gayle is willing to continue working on behalf of the citizens of the state of Utah," Huntsman said in a statement Friday. "His experience speaks for itself and will provide invaluable continuity in areas that are vital to rural Utah including economic development, land use and energy issues."

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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