After six years as a member of the Cache County Council, Val Potter will be moving on at the first of the new year. In early November, the Republican was elected to be State Representative in the Utah legislature’s District 3.
He has also served as mayor of North Logan City.
Potter says he feels good about the accomplishments that have been made on the county council, including the recently successful vote to create what he calls a “much-needed water conservancy district.”
Other positive actions, he said, were combining the Cache County Clerk and Auditor offices and changing the way budgets are prepared and delivered.
“In the last few years we’ve asked the department heads to come to the county council and talk with us specifically about what they accomplished in the past year,” Potter explains, “and what they are planning to do in the upcoming year, along with what their upcoming needs are.
“If there are budget needs they need to explain them to us. It was something I had done in North Logan and I felt it was something the council needed to follow suit. We started doing that a couple years ago and I feel it has been a very positive thing.”
Potter says he is excited about becoming a legislator. On January 23rd, 2017 Potter will be sworn into office. He says when he becomes a legislator on that date, he will continue to keep the needs of counties and cities in mind.
“Also, I hope to be a good representative for the justice and the law enforcement,” says Potter. “The Justice Reinvestment Initiative last year has been a big issue to us. It has changed the way felonies are changed to misdemeanors.
“We’re having a lot more criminals put out on the street and are not being sentenced properly, we feel. Crime is going up. State inmates are down but the county inmates are up.”
He says most legislators have not served on the county level but he will stay aware of their needs, especially when it comes to roads and infrastructure.