SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Lt. Gov. Greg Bell announced this morning he is stepping down as Utah’s seventh lieutenant governor. After four years in his present post and 23 years in public service, Bell has decided to return to the private sector.
“Serving the people of Utah as lieutenant governor has truly been an honor. The uniquely collegial and collaborative partnership with Gov. Herbert has been a privilege,” Bell said. “It’s difficult to leave a post as substantive and dynamic as this, and I have enjoyed every minute. It’s simply time to take care of my family’s long-term financial needs.”
Gov. Gary Herbert said Bell leaves a large hole in the administration.
“This is not an administration of caretakers or ribbon cutters,” Herbert said. “Greg Bell has worked incredibly hard and sacrificed a great deal. He has given every measure in dedicated public service, not just the past four years, but throughout his career.”
He has valued Bell’s loyalty as both partner and friend, Herbert said, and that Bell “is a true statesman – a man of principle, integrity and resolve. And he has been key to our ongoing success, particularly on the education front.”
Bell will retain his post and numerous assignments until the governor’s nominee to replace him is formally named and officially confirmed by the Utah Senate on a date yet to be determined.
The governor is not ready to announce whom he will nominate as Utah’s next lieutenant governor at this time.
“I have a short list already in mind, but I am going to take a bit of time to finalize my selection,” he said. “I expect we will make a formal announcement in the near future.”
Sen. Orrin Hatch issued the following statement concerning Bell’s leaving office:
“I want to commend Lt. Gov. Greg Bell for his exemplary service to the state of Utah. He has epitomized dedication and a commitment to our state that has been felt by Utahns in every corner of our state. Additionally, he has been a great partner for Gov. Gary Herbert who he has helped lead in many key areas, including education. For many years he has served in various public offices and has always displayed strong leadership and a calm, steady demeanor. Utah will be losing a very dedicated leader, however I am certain he will continue to make a difference in his community and in our state in various capacities for years to come. I wish him well in his future endeavors.”
Bell, 64, has served as Utah’s lieutenant governor since Sept. 1, 2009, chairing or participating in over 20 committees or working group assignments and serving as the governor’s legislative lead. Elected in 2002, he served as a Utah state Senator and in the leadership of the Utah Senate.
Bell was born in Ogden, and raised in Ogden and Spring Glen, Utah. He graduated from Ogden High School, Weber State University and the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. He practiced law specializing in real estate development and finance. He is a past mayor and city councilman of Farmington, past chair of Envision Utah, and past president of the Farmington Bay District of the Boy Scouts of America. Bell and his wife, JoLynn, reside in Fruit Heights and are the parents of six children and 20 grandchildren.
This article was updated to include the remarks of Sen. Hatch
Submitted by the Offices of Gov. Gary R. Herbert and Sen. Orrin Hatch
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