Weber County Commissioner Kerry Gibson to Resign, Accepts Position at Utah Department of Natural Resources

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 10:30am

Weber County Commissioner Kerry Gibson to Resign, Accepts Position at Utah Department of Natural Resources

 

The following statement is released by Commissioner Kerry Gibson:

Ogden, Utah (Dec. 12, 2017) – As a fifth-generation dairy farmer and lifelong resident of Weber County, I feel blessed and honored by the opportunity I’ve had to serve as a Weber County Commissioner for the past seven years.

Today I announce that I have accepted the assignment of deputy director at the Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR). As a result, I am announcing my resignation as Weber County Commissioner, effective Friday, January 12, 2018.

I have always felt many of the most significant political decisions happen at the local level, and as I reflect on my time with the commission, I’m pleased with what we’ve accomplished together. We have made unbelievable strides in economic development by upgrading infrastructure and creating an environment where businesses can grow and create more jobs. We have collaborated with every mayor and city council to address individual community needs and help make Weber County the best place to live, work and play. Most importantly, we have held the commission to a standard of integrity by opposing unnecessary spending and taxes, demanding transparency and never settling for the status quo.

It has been a privilege to work alongside Weber County residents and the incredible county staff these past years. Please know that I am always available and will continue to be a voice for our community.

Like Weber County, the State of Utah is at a critical junction. With over three million residents and the expectation that our population will double in the next 40 years, difficult decisions are being made today that will have a significant impact on Utah families. Many of these decisions impact natural resources and agriculture; areas I’m particularly passionate about.

I believe my background and experience can help DNR and the State address some of Utah’s critical natural resource needs. As deputy director, I will work closely with members of DNR’s executive team, division leadership, state legislators and key stakeholders. DNR includes seven divisions: State Parks and Recreation; Oil, Gas, and Mining; Forestry, Fire and State Lands; Water Resources; Water Rights; Wildlife Resources and the Utah Geological Survey.  

By working together, we’ll find solutions that protect our natural resources and maintain our quality of life.  To me, this assignment is an opportunity to protect our way of life for the coming generations.

We have accomplished so much together! It has been an honor to serve you and get to know you individually. Let’s continue to work together and make our community a great place to live.

Sincerely,

Kerry W. Gibson