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Council appoints Austin Turner to fill vacancy

Article Date: 
11 January, 2013 (All day)

For newly appointed Morgan County Councilman Austin Turner, three times is the charm.
When Councilman David Gardiner resigned from the Morgan County Council in 2010 because he was moving out of state, Turner applied to fill his District 5 vacancy.  The Council selected Don Mathews to fill the remainder of Gardiner’s term, which was a matter of months until the November 2010 election. Turner filed for that election as well, but lost to Mathews.
Turner was still interested in the District 5 seat when Mathews unexpectedly passed away last month.
“It’s something I’ve had an eye on for quite a while,” said Turner, 39.  “I think I can bring things to the table that can make a difference in the community.”
On Tuesday, the council appointed Turner to fill the remaining two years of the District 5 vacancy.  Jared Andersen and James Brown also applied for the position.
After working as a volunteer EMT since 1998 and serving as a deputy in the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office from 1999 to 2003, Turner has seen first-hand how the county works, is acquainted with many county employees, and knows county roads very well.
“I have a good working knowledge of the county,” said Turner, a 1991 graduate of Morgan High School.
Turner, who currently works for local trucking company Round Valley Rock, said he seldom leaves the county and has no plans to ever move out of the county.
Turner is keeping an eye on growth, particularly Snowbasin’s plans in Morgan.
“I am for intelligent development,” said Turner, father of five.  “I am good with development in its most advantageous way.”
He is also aware of the shoes he has to fill.
“Don’s family and the community can be proud of how he served his community,” Turner said.
Turner was sworn in on Tuesday, along with Daryl Ballantyne, Robert Kilmer and Richard Logan Wilde.  Ballantyne, Kilmer and Wilde all ran unopposed races in November.