SALT LAKE CITY — As the new board meant to start a fresh chapter for the scandal-riddled Utah Transit Authority gets closer to its November deadline to take control, state leaders are moving forward — even though a third seat is still empty.
A Senate committee gave two names put forward by Gov. Gary Herbert preliminary approval Monday, subject to confirmation by the full Utah Senate expected during an interim day next month.
But a third name — meant to represent Utah and Tooele counties — remained missing, to the frustration of Utah County commissioners.
But if that third seat is still empty by the time the new board takes control Nov. 1, as mandated under state law, the new board could still get down to business, since it only takes two members of a three-member board to hold a quorum.
Despite state law setting an Aug. 31 deadline for the governor to nominate the three new board members, Herbert recently rejected nominations from Utah and Tooele county leaders, requesting additional names.
But so far, Utah County hasn’t put forth any new names. One Utah County commissioner said Tuesday he’s standing by their nominees as qualified candidates — and even said county leaders have been discussing the possibility of sending a petition to the Utah Supreme Court to request the governor be instructed to follow the law laying out the process for board nominations.
“That’s being considered,” said Utah County Commissioner Bill Lee, noting it’s “very concerning” Herbert passed over Utah County’s picks for representation.
“I don’t know what else the governor wants us to do,” Lee said. “If we wants to come down and pick them himself, he can, but that doesn’t really follow the (process laid out in SB136).”
Herbert’s office issued a statement Tuesday noting the governor has requested new nominations from the two counties.
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