County Council Appoints New Interim Auditor

County Council Appoints New Interim Auditor

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Following a scandal involving misuse of public money, the Salt Lake County Council has installed an interim auditor to replace Craig Sorensen.

Political newcomer Sean Thomas, a 32-year-old Republican, has been selected to run the Auditor's Office the rest of the year and will be on the Nov. 2 ballot as the GOP candidate to serve out the remaining two years of Sorensen's term.

Other political parties have yet to choose their candidates for the post.

Sorensen resigned last month amid a vehicle-abuse scandal. The former auditor admitted stealing gasoline and has been charged with second-degree felony misuse of public money.

He was scheduled for a court hearing Thursday.

Thomas, who will be sworn in Thursday, pledged to bring a citizen's perspective to the job.

"My only loyalty is to the taxpayers and citizens of Salt Lake County," he told the council before his appointment. "I will do what I believe is in their best interest."

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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