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Key Positions Vacated in Salt Lake County Govt.

Key Positions Vacated in Salt Lake County Govt.

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John Daley reporting Salt Lake County Mayor Nancy Workman is on paid leave while she faces criminal charges. And two of her key aides have stepped down as part of the scandal.

The question now-- is a lot of important government work NOT getting done because of these vacant positions?

The Mayor's former legal counsel was paid more than $100,000 a year before he stepped down.

His job is now a $10,000 a year part-time position, being handled by a law student.

We put in a government records request to find out what specific legal work the former counsel did for the mayor in roughly three years of service at the county. That request didn't turn up much.

Greg Curtis served three years as the Mayor's legal counsel. He is also Utah House Majority leader.

Curtis resigned in the midst of the county vehicle scandal, and just how much of an impact his departure has had depends on who you talk to.

Democrats on the county council say they don't know what Curtis did, while Republicans say he served the mayor as a key advisor, but could give us no specifics.

Steve Harmsen/ (R) Salt Lake County Council Chair: "My understanding was that he was providing legal services and that he provided political guidance."

Jim Bradley/ (D) County Council Member: "I have no idea what that position was supposed to produce or what it did produce. I have no idea. Whether it was political, whether it was personal, whether it was good legal advice to the mayor on public issues. None of that was evident to me. None."

Three months ago we filed a formal request under the Government Records Act, for any documents showing what legal work Curtis did for the county.

All the Mayor's Office could produce was a lone document-- a six-page report written by Curtis about fire department services.

Last week, Mayor Workman told our Carole Mikita that Curtis had an important role, more of an advisor than a lawyer, so there would be few documents detailing his work.

Nancy Workman/ (R) Salt Lake County Mayor: "He didn't have the authority to represent me in court and he doesn't have real attorney authority with me. So he's an advisor."

Greg Curtis declined our request for an on-camera interview, but told us over the phone: "The mayor thought I did a good job...I helped the mayor and deputy mayor with relationships with local government and legislative policies and issues."

He told us much of his "work is protected by attorney client privilege, and was not in the mode of litigation and pleadings," and hence didn't produce a lot of paperwork.

Two other top Workman aides also have not been replaced-- intergovernmental affairs director Geri Shaw is also on paid administrative leave. And former chief financial officer Randy Allen resigned in the guzzler gate scandal. His former position is also vacant.

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