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Salt Lake City Mayor-elect Jackie Biskupski has named David Litvack, former state legislator and minority leader, to the post of deputy chief of staff. She takes office Jan. 4.
Litvack will oversee policy development and analysis for the Biskupski administration, according to a prepared statement released Thursday.
Since 2008, Litvack has served as the coordinator of the Criminal Justice Advisory Council (CJAC) in the office of Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams. In that role he worked closely with local officials within the county and state criminal and social justice system to develop strategies to reduce recidivism, improve information-sharing between agencies, and enhance the use of data-driven decision making.
"In order to realize the full potential of Salt Lake City's energy, we need a strong advocate for responsible and strategic policy at the city, county, and state levels," Biskupski said. "With his years of leadership in the Legislature and experience at the county level, David is the perfect choice to help move the capital city forward."
Litvack represented central and west Salt Lake City as a state legislator from 2001 to 2012.
In a prepared statement, Litvack said he was excited to join Biskupski's team.
"In the House, Jackie served as a mentor, not only to me, but to many new legislators who were eager to serve the people in an effective and honest manner," Litvack said. "We all learned, by watching Jackie, how to navigate relationships on both sides of the aisle, to get work done to benefit the people we represented."
Litvack has lived in Salt Lake City since 1987. He attended Westminster College.