CEDAR TOWN — Cedar City Councilman R. Scott Phillips and St. George Mayor Michele Randall were elected to the League of Towns and Towns of Utah Board of Directors at their October convention. . Both seek to be a voice for Southern Utah at the national and state level.
Phillips and Randall were introduced with a group of new board members at the 2022 Utah League of Cities and Towns annual convention.
Phillips said the first newcomer board meeting is scheduled for Nov. 14.
To join the board, Phillips said he sent a letter of interest, resume and letter of support from City Manager Paul Bittmenn to the nominating committee. Then he was interviewed in Salt Lake City, and the nominating committee made its recommendation to the board of directors, who made the final decision.
He and Randall will represent Region 7, which includes St. George, Cedar City, LaVerkin and Springdale, among others, Phillips said.
“I’m so excited,” he said.
The council meets monthly to discuss issues affecting cities and towns, such as water, growth and housing concerns, Phillips said, adding that representatives learn from each other and try to define a policy that benefits both the state and its cities and towns.
While Phillips said he plans to work in the interests of the state as a whole, part of his role is to ask what he can do for the cities he represents.
For example, he recently met with mayors and city council members from Rockville, Springdale, Virgin and LaVerkin to discuss the impact of “tremendous” tourism growth in southern Utah, which welcomes millions of visitors each year. year.
According to his biography, shared on the league’s website, Phillips worked in public relations, marketing and theater administration for more than 42 years and recently resigned as executive director of Utah Shakespeare. Festival.
“He has been actively involved in policy advocacy at the local, state, regional and national levels for many years,” the site says. “Mr. Phillips has lived in Cedar City for 44 years and is proud to call Cedar City his home.
Additionally, Phillips served on city council for nearly five years, winning his first election in 2018 and re-election last year.
“I think this is a great opportunity for our community to have a voice at the state level and at the national level, because these decisions that happen in the league also have a ripple effect on the national stage.” , did he declare. “So hopefully I can help tie things together and make things better for Cedar City – that’s my role in this – and the whole Area Seven that I represent.”
Randall became St. George’s first female mayor in 2021 and has been elected to city council twice, beginning in 2014, according to her biography on the league’s website. She has lived in the area since 1978, when the town had a population of 13,000.
“She is very passionate about public safety and our veterans,” the site says. “Michele is a medical assistant for a busy medical practice in St George. She sits on many boards in her community… She loves St George and serving the town. St. George will always be his home.
In a league “spotlight” video posted to YouTube, Randall said she wanted a “voice at the table” and to share what’s being done in southern Utah.
“Being in the league helps your voice be heard and the league helps advocate for you and lobby for you in the legislature and I think that’s so important,” she said.
The League of Cities and Towns of Utah
The league was founded in 1907 to serve municipal interests in the state, its website says. It is a “nonpartisan interlocal government cooperative” that works to “strengthen the quality of municipal government and administration in Utah’s cities and towns.”
“In addition, the ULCT provides information, training and technical assistance to local officials on municipal issues, and works to create greater public awareness and understanding of responsibilities, governance and governance. ‘municipal administration’, says the site.
The league champions the interests of municipalities, ensuring both that they follow appropriate federal and state laws and that cities and towns have a “fair voice,” Phillips said.
In recent years, the federal government and the Utah government “have told cities and towns in the state of Utah how to govern parts of their cities,” he added, referring to laws on secondary suites, short-term rentals and billboards. .
The league advocates with the Utah Legislature each year on behalf of cities and towns, lending its support to certain ideas and working with lawmakers to “nuance or rephrase” the way bills are drafted in some case, Phillips said.
To learn more about the League of Cities and Towns of Utah, click here.
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