As you are aware, I will be retiring August 16, 2021. It is now the job of the Republican delegates to choose a candidate that will fill the position of Tooele County Clerk until the election next year. Please allow me to explain how this situation came about.
I announced at the beginning of this term that it would be my last. My plan was to complete the term; however, we have had some personal things happen in our family which made my husband and I decide we needed to retire early. He is retiring the same day, August 16th. In order to be able to do this without feeling like I am letting the citizens of Tooele County down; I have trained my chief deputy to step into my shoes without any problems.
Tenille Tingey, my chief deputy, knew I was leaving at the end of my term, but she is also aware of our family situation. She has been training for the six years she has been in the Clerk’s office, but at the end of last year I called her into my office and asked her to step up because I felt like I needed to leave earlier than planned. And so, she did. She ran the 2020 Presidential Election, including all of the new equipment, auditing the signatures, envelopes, and all other forms required by the lieutenant governor’s office. This year, as we run the municipal/district elections, she will manage the election, program the election database, meet the noticing requirements, fulfill the election contracts we have with the municipalities and make sure their elections meet state code.
As my various certifications have needed to be renewed, I have had Tenille take the tests and become certified — passport manager, notary, records manager, Government Records Access and Management Act specialist, Olene Walker Vista certification, Utah Business Licensing Official. She has taken over creating the agendas for the Council business and work meetings, as well as attending the meetings. Honestly, I am not sure what else I could do to prepare her to take over the office.
Why am I pushing so hard for Tenille to be appointed by the Republican delegates? If you had worked in a business for 30+ years and it was time to turn it over to someone else, wouldn’t you want that person to be trained and able to continue to make the business successful? This is not a position that just anyone can take over. Elections, as well as the other duties of the office, are too precious to take a chance on someone “jumping into the deep end of the pool” and hoping they can swim. The citizens and elections will suffer.
I realize this is a decision the Republican delegates must make. But I want you to know that I have prepared someone who will be able to keep the office operating at the high level it has always operated until the office is open for election in 2022. She is one of the most honest people I know and I feel confident leaving the County Clerk’s Office in her capable hands.
I will be leaving directly after the primary election in August. There will be audits to complete, provisional ballots to handle and a quick turn around of the ballots for the General Election. Just to add more flavor to the mix, this is the year for the entire county to be redistricted. I even made sure she knows how to do that with creating voter participation areas in Grantsville. There may be others who want to file for this position. I would ask them to wait until the office is open for election and file in March 2022 so the office can complete the work of this year with someone who has the experience to complete it successfully.
You as a citizen have the right to discuss the appointment of the new clerk with the Republican delegates representing your precinct. If you do not know who they are, you are welcome to contact the Republican Party, or me at firstname.lastname@example.org or text me at 435-830-5463. If you would like to contact Tenille directly, her email is email@example.com.
Thank you for the honor it has been to serve the citizens of Tooele County. It is one of my greatest blessings.
Marilyn K. Gillette
Tooele County Clerk