Counties that adopt a council form of government are required by County Code to also create a position known as the county executive, mayor or manager. In four of Utah’s six counties that have a council form of government, that position is appointed (Grand, Morgan, Summit, and Wasatch) while the other two are elected positions (Cache and Salt Lake). County executives, mayors and managers perform many of the administrative duties of the county.
Utah’s elected county executive (Cache) and mayor (Salt Lake) have veto power over their county legislative body’s (the council) enactments, ordinances, and budget. However, appointed, executives and managers do not. They are also empowered with the ability to issue executive orders to establish executive branch policies or as a way to establish legislative branch policies or ordinances. The county executive can also serve as the county’s budget officer (in place of a county auditor) if needed.
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