Hyrum City Council fills vacant seat (with audio)

Hyrum City Recorder Stephanie Fricke administers an Oath of Office to Steve Adams, who was appointed to the Hyrum City Council on May 4, 2017. Adams will fulfill the remainder of the term vacated by former Councilman Aaron Woolstenhulme, who announced his resignation on April 10. The term will end on Dec. 31.

The <a href=”http://hyrumcity.org/city-government/elected-officials-2″ target=”_blank”>Hyrum City Council</a> voted Thursday to appoint fifth-generation city resident Steve Adams to fill a vacancy on the council created with the resignation of Aaron Woolstenhulme. Woolstenhulme, who was elected to the position in November 2011, notified Mayor Stephanie Miller of his decision to step down early last month, citing extensive travel with his employment at GE Healthcare as the primary contributing factor.

“He sent Mayor Miller an email on April 10, 2017 informing her he would be resigning from the City Council effective May 1 ,” explained City Recorder Stephanie Fricke via email. “He thanked her for the opportunities to serve, learn more about our community, and lead community efforts over the last five years.” 

Fricke said Woolstenhulme expressed enjoyment in working with the council and getting to know the community better and said he hoped he had been a “change agent” for the city. Woolstenhulme also indicated his availability over the next few weeks to assist with the transition.

In 2015, Adams made an unsuccessful bid for a seat, losing to Woolstenhulme and current councilmembers Kathy Bingham and Craig Rasmussen. He was selected to fill Woolstenhulme’s vacancy from among three candidates who applied, the others being Wanda Price Lewis and Vicky McCombs.  Bingham said she was impressed with all three applicants and appreciated their sincerity and desire to serve.

“I think each one of you would do a great job,” she said.

During the interview process on Thursday, Adams expressed his longtime interest in serving on the council, saying he loves <a href=”http://hyrumcity.org/” target=”_blank”>Hyrum City</a> and would treat the office very seriously. He said he’d had opportunities to move away from the community in the past, but chose to stay because he thinks his lifelong hometown is a great place to raise a family.

“Hyrum’s gotten a bad rap over the years, and I live really close to the worst rap that Hyrum gets,” he said, “and it’s not bad. Hyrum is a great place to live, and I would love to help increase and develop more things in Hyrum. I think Hyrum’s been running great and I would like to help continue to make Hyrum grow.”

Adams works as a shipping and trucking manager at ICON Health and Fitness and said he has the professional flexibility and vacation time necessary to meet the obligations required in serving on the council. The council approved Councilman Jared Clawson’s motion to appoint him to the position with a 3-1 vote, with Councilman Craig Rasmussen opposing, in his words, “just to be controversial.”

Being sworn in and taking his seat immediately after having been appointed, Adams will fulfill the remainder of former Councilman Woolstenhulme’s term, which expires on December 31, 2017. Should he want to continue his service on the council, Adams must secure his position during the November 2017 election cycle. 

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