Logan mayoral candidate and City of Logan Community Development employee James Olson has announced that he will take an unpaid leave of absence beginning 22 July through the remainder of the mayoral campaign.
“When I announced my mayoral candidacy, I made it clear to the City’s management and to the public that I would step away from the City organization for a time if my dual roles as candidate and employee were going to be challenging for my work or for my relationships with coworkers in any way,” said Olson.
Olson also feels it vital to avoid any perceived conflicts. “I’m over neighborhood cleanups, housing programs, the neighborhood council, neighborhood meetings, several communication initiatives, as well as working with many nonprofit agencies. I couldn’t bear for anyone that benefits from any of these initiatives to come under scrutiny because they also choose to support me following assistance.”
While incredible interest in the campaign has been welcomed, it has posed a challenge during city working hours. “I’ve been very successful managing this to this point, but it’s only going to get more difficult as interest in my campaign increases. When people call me at City Hall, frequently they’re asking me to put on my mayoral candidate hat and to let them know how I plan to improve things. Right now I tell them that I will happily discuss such things at lunch or after 5:00pm.”
Interoffice relationships have remained good since Olson’s candidacy announcement, and he wants to keep it that way. “The reality is that I’m running because there are areas in City Hall that definitely need to be improved. Some necessary changes involve some of my close friends, my coworkers.”
“My motivation for being mayor involves doing what’s best for Logan citizens. That resolve is going ahead of what’s convenient for me and my family.”