Carole Mikita reportingSalt Lake County Mayor Nancy Workman is scheduled to make her first appearance in court tomorrow morning.
And the Mayor says she's looking forward to facing her allegations-the sooner, the better.
Workman is running for re-election and the November vote is less than two months away. That may not be enough time to resolve her two felony charges of misuse of taxpayer money. Mayor Workman has tumbled in the polls from frontrunner to a distant third.
Nancy Workman is at home on paid administrative leave, now watching the county business from a distance. She says, for a politician, it is nothing short of shocking.
The porch of her log home in Sandy is where Nancy Workman has always found peace and quiet. The quiet is still there, but she admits it's hard to find peace these days facing felony charges.
Nancy Workman, Salt Lake County Mayor: "It's just devastating and you wished it was different but it's not. I feel bad that my family is just seeing their name like that and the people I work with... It's hard on them...and then the citizens... You know, I'm their elected official, I’m supposed to be serving them...and that doesn't make them feel very good either..."
Carole Mikita: "You seem very positive about being exonerated... but do you think of the other possibility, and possibly facing jail time?"
Nancy Workman, Salt Lake County Mayor: "Well, that would be horrible...you know... But there's, I’ve just... You know the whole intent was to help the boys and girls clubs... That's all I ever wanted to do... We never received, we never received any benefit..."
Charged with misuse of public funds to pay for a position at the Murray Boys and Girls Club, where her daughter is chief financial officer, Nancy Workman now concedes mistakes.
Nancy Workman, Salt Lake County Mayor: "I know we did things now, procedurally wrong...but easy to fix, my gosh...this is just what we do.... We work with non-profits... We have employees out there. We just did this one, we didn't do it the right way..."
The prosecutor claims a crime was committed because she deceived people by covering her tracks.
Nancy Workman, Salt Lake County Mayor: "There's no secrets in county... There's, ya know... I signed the time sheets... It went through two buildings and three floors of employees..."
Carole Mikita: “Do you have any idea who this whistleblower is, David Yocom was talking about... do you know who this is?"
Nancy Workman, Salt Lake County Mayor: “No, I don't ... People are conjecturing... It doesn't matter... That doesn't bother me, whistleblowers are good... You know, somebody sees something wrong, they should holler about it... They should have hollered sooner..."
Some actually did. Her administration has been plagued with more than one scandal.
Carole Mikita: “High salaries, the cars, gasoline...and now this...What do you say when someone says, well... there have been a number of really big problems here, why should we re-elect you?"
Nancy Workman, Salt Lake County Mayor: "I wanna make it better... We've got things to fix... Things to address... Gonna get it done... "
Carole Mikita: "You need to jump more than 30 points in the next, let's see, 8 weeks, 8, 9 weeks... whatever we're talking... can you do that? "
Nancy Workman, Salt Lake County Mayor: "I think it's gonna be the comeback story... And people are gonna be talkin' about this election for years to come because I think it's doable..."
As Nancy Workman knows judgment in the legal arena may come down the road but judgment in the world of politics comes November 2nd.
She expressed confidence in her new attorney, Greg Skordas, that he will bring this case to a conclusion before the election.