Scott Lee Osborne is the new mayor of South Jordan at least for the next two years.
The City Council unanimously appointed Osborne on Tuesday to fulfill the remaining two years of Kent Money's mayoral term. Money is stepping down to take a work assignment from his employer the LDS Church developing properties in New Zealand.
Osborne, a 30-year resident of the city, is a political newcomer who believes the city is on the right course to become a "destination" in the Salt Lake Valley. His experience lies primarily in the business community, where he owns and operates several businesses. Osborne's Engineering Supply Co. sells architectural and engineering supplies, while his Vision Perfect Software Inc. creates programs to run golf tournaments with features such as tournament management and online registration. Osborne also owns a small real estate management company, Millennium III Properties.
Osborne beat out several former South Jordan City Council members for the job, as well as members of the planning commission, a former mayor's son and even a former mayor of neighboring Riverton, Dale Gardiner.
The decision was a weighty one for the council, with member Brian Buttars asking for divine guidance during the invocation. Three members Steve Barnes, Chuck Newton and Mark Seethaler just began their terms of office Tuesday afternoon. Choosing a mayor was the first vote for the trio.
The council allowed each applicant three minutes to present their case, sequestering the others while each one spoke. The order was determined by selecting numbered pingpong balls from a hat.
Osborne won't have time to rest on his laurels. Money stepped down Tuesday, and Osborne was immediately sworn in to continue the remaining business in the meeting.
Osborne encouraged the other applicants to continue serving the city, and said he looks forward to working with all of them.
"Get involved, become part of the city, be active with this," Osborne said. "This isn't the end of the road."
Complete list of mayoral candidates
Linda L. Auger
Kevin Matthew Beck
Edwin E. Blaney
Robert Arthur Bolduc
Thomas L. Christensen
Dale Farr Gardner
Larry Theron Hutchings
Bradley G. Marlor
James R. Nelson
Scott Lee Osborne
Stanley S. Postma
Robert D. Willardson
Jay B. Wimmer
Gregory A. Wise
Mark T. Woolley