Maresa Tonioli Manzione, the newest member of the Tooele City Council, has a history of public service.
She was sworn into office in a brief ceremony at Tooele City Hall on Friday.
Manzione served two terms on the Tooele County School Board. She served as the school board president from 2013-2019.
Manzione grew up in Tooele, along with her husband, left for a while and came back.
“I love Tooele City,” she said.
She has four adult children who are married and one grandchild.
All of Manzione’s children live in Utah, but one of them is currently serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Florida.
In her free time, Manzione enjoys running, biking, and hiking in Tooele County.
“We have lots of great recreation opportunities here,” she said.
After graduating high school, Manzione went to Utah State University to earn her bachelor’s degree in business marketing.
She has also worked in finance, been a PTA president, and started a non-profit organization with friends dealing with summer exchange students in Japan.
Manzione, who has a rich family history rooted in Tooele, said her love for Tooele City motivated her to apply for the open city council seat.
“First of all, I love Tooele City,” she said. “So, I knew I had to make it a better place. I think it’s great already, but it could be better.”
Manzione has three goals moving forward with the city council.
“When I think of the city, I think of well managed growth, because we have a lot of growth,” she said. “That includes a lot of things like infrastructure, you know, roads, maintenance, water, and all those things that are included in managing growth. I think the second thing would be a well-managed tax strategy, because we have had times where every taxing entity does a tax increase and that makes it hard on our citizens. The other thing is economic development, because we could build houses all day long but we have businesses to support. I think all three of those things go hand in hand. We need a strategy for those things.”
The first city council meeting went good for Manzione.
“I didn’t get to vote,” she said. “I just sat there but it was great!”
Manzione will finish out Scott Wardle’s term, which ends Dec. 31.
Manzione was selected from 31 applications from people that wanted to fill the vacant seat on the City Council.
All of the people that applied were invited to interview with the City Council and 16 people showed up for an interview.
Along with Manzione, those interviewed for the position included: Stephanie Bothell, Ashley Bowden, Nicholas Caldwell, John Cluff, Thomas Fenton, Jon Gossett, Jamie Gross, Virginia Hooper, Dave McCall, Sarah Patino, Raja Ratnayake, Douglas Redmond, Matt Robinson, Jeff Saunders and Melven Sweat.
After the interviews, the four members of the City Council each voted for two candidates.
This limited the field down to two finalists; Manzione and Robinson. Manzione and Robinson then tied with two votes each.
Manzione was then selected by the draw of a high card, the predetermined arrangement to settle a tie.
“I am excited to serve the residents of the city,” said Manzione. “I am looking forward to it and I’m sure there will be a learning curve but I am excited to move forward with that. I think we have a great city council and a great staff and a wonderful mayor. I am excited to work with them.”
In the future, Manzione wants to continue her public service work.
“I love public service,” she said. “I think getting involved in the community is awesome and bettering our community is something that I want to do. If I have the skillset, knowledge, and the drive to do that, I would love to continue.”