New West Jordan Mayor and council take the oath of office
Jan 21, 2020 11:35AM
● By Erin Dixon
Dirk Burton takes the oath of office as West Jordan’s 14th mayor, accompanied by his wife Janet. (Erin Dixon/City Journals)
By Erin Dixon | [email protected]
In November 2019, West Jordan voters chose a new mayor, three new councilmembers, and returned two councilmembers to their seats. Councilmembers Chad Lamb and Kayleen Whitelock hold their seats until the 2022 election.
The representatives by district are as follows:
District 1: Chris McConnehey
District 2: Melissa Worthen
District 3: Zach Jacob
District 4: David Pack
At-large: Kelvin Green
At-large: Chad Lamb
At-large: Kayleen Whitelock
Mayor Dirk Burton also returns to the city, but no longer as a councilmember. He holds the first strong mayor position in West Jordan history. Burton grew up in Kearns, but spent much of his professional career as an electrician in Missouri. He owned and sold some electrical companies, as well as taught community education classes for electricians. When he returned to Utah, he settled in West Jordan.
After taking the oath of office, Mayor Burton gave a speech that he said was like him, “it’s going to be short.”
“Today we honor our democracy,” he said. “Because you have taken the time to vote, you have selected who the leaders of our city are going to be. Recently, West Jordan voters voted to make a change in our government. Today, that change goes into effect.”
“I’m honored to be the first mayor with this form of government, and thank you for selecting me to do this with you,” Burton said. “With you, not for you because I can’t do this by myself. I need your help. And with this new form of government, you have a say in how this goes, so I’m looking forward to working with you. I will be available. Don’t be the silent majority, I want to hear from you. Thank you very much for your support.”
For more information on the recent change of government click here.