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Karen Crompton once set her sights on being Salt Lake County's mayor, but now she's poised to become part of Mayor Ben McAdams' administration.

McAdams said Thursday he has selected Crompton to be assistant director in the county Department of Human Services.

He also is nominating Holly Yocom for a similar position in the Department of Community Services.

Both nominees are subject to County Council approval, McAdams said, adding that he expects both candidates to pass muster and be in their positions by December.

"These well-qualified professionals will help guide the operations of two of my office's most diverse and broad-based departments," McAdams said. "From helping to oversee arts and culture, to parks and recreation, valleywide public health programs and our county library system, they touch many lives and provide important services to our citizens. I'm very pleased that they agreed to join our team in these management roles."

Crompton has been president and CEO of Voices for Utah Children for the past 13 years, advocating for early-childhood education, expanding access to health care coverage for children and working on legislation to address intergenerational poverty. She took that job a few months after losing to Republican Nancy Workman in the 2000 election to be Salt Lake County's first mayor, right after the county switched to the mayor-council form of government from a three-member commission.

Yocom was executive director of the Utah Film Center, a Salt Lake City-based nonprofit that presents hundreds of film screenings annually. She previously was an assistant vice president at Zions Bank and serves on the Salt Lake City Library Board and the Utah Women's Foundation.

Mike Gorrell