What a crazy time we’re living in right now. I don’t have any great advice to keep you safe, but just wanted to let you know what is being done at the county level to protect you and our employees.
I would hope you’ve all seen the poster accompanying this column. It is the product of a group effort among Tooele County administrators to let citizens know what services are available at the county and how to contact each of the offices.
Offices are taking appointments by phone, but it would be wise to check with the office you need to deal with to make sure they are still providing the service you need. For instance, the Treasurer/DMV county office has been directed by the state to close. For specifics, please call them.
In the Clerk’s office, for a marriage license, we will direct you to the Utah County website where marriage licenses can be obtained over the Internet. For passports, we have a responsibility to thoroughly check all of the documents and to let the passport agency know if anything seems out of place. We can’t do that over the Internet; however, we are limiting these services to Tooele County residents only.
Appointments will be taken, however, only one person or family is allowed in our office at one time. Appointments are spaced far enough apart that you will not be waiting in the hall with another person or family.
As for the upcoming June 30 primary election, it will be conducted all by mail. I don’t see how we can have voting assistance centers, so please watch for your ballot in the first part of June. We are waiting for direction from the Lieutenant Governor’s office, but are also making arrangements to be able to count your ballots effectively, keeping your votes private and our election workers safe.
Please know that we miss you and are worried about you. Any brilliant ideas are always welcome.
Marilyn K. Gillette is the Tooele County Clerk.