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South Jordan City is governed by a council-manager form of government. The City Council is composed of five members and a mayor. All members are elected by the residents of the City during a municipal election held every two years. Each seat consists of a four-year term. Council member terms are staggered. Two members and a mayor are elected at one time, and two years later the other three members are elected. The Mayor and Council are responsible for setting city policy and the City Manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations.

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Current elected officials include:

Mayor David L. Alvord
Mayor Dave Alvord and his wife, Laura, moved to South Jordan in 2004 and have three daughters and a son. Dave attended Skyline High School, the University of Utah, and Case School of Dental Medicine. A local dentist, Dave owns and practices family dentistry at Oquirrh Mountain Dental located adjacent to City Hall.
Dave has worked as a lifeguard, pizza delivery-boy, forklift operator, restaurant server, IBM intern, raspberry-picker, Regional Campaign chairman for the Romney campaign, Republican delegate, associate dentist, and family dentist.
In the 6th grade, Dave won a state-wide political cartoon contest, and has maintained a love for politics and for our nation's founding documents.
Dave is proud to serve as Mayor of our beloved South Jordan!

Councilman Mark Seethaler (District 1)
Following back-to-back state debate championships at Provo High School, Mr. Seethaler attended Brigham Young University where he served as an elected student body officer (ASBYU Finance Vice President) and graduated with a degree in Accounting in 1980. He worked for Deloitte in their Cincinnati, Ohio practice office where he gained diverse experiences in public accounting, and passed the CPA examinations. He instructed Accounting and Finance as an adjunct professor at SLCC. Mark has served as a Controller, Chief Financial Officer, and CEO for both public and privately-held corporations. He joined the Finance Department of the LDS Church in 2002, where he currently serves as the Global Payments Manager within the Treasury Division. Mark married the former Kristen Nye in 1978 and they are the parents of six children (fifth college graduate currently attending the University of Utah), and most importantly - grandparents to eight exceptional grandchildren.

Councilman Chuck Newton (District 2)
President of Advanced Financial Strategies, an Asset Management & overall Financial Planning firm, Chuck also has years of community service as a Scout leader, and 9 years on the Board of the UT Chapter of the Financial Planning Assoc where he served 2 terms as President, and 2 as Chairman. He's behind several tax and estate planning laws that benefit all Utahns, and has been quoted numerous times by the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Kiplinger's, UT Business along with other publications.

Councilman Donald J. Shelton (District 3)
Don Shelton and his wife, Robyn have lived in South Jordan for the past 22 years. They raised their 5 children here. Prior to his marriage to Robyn, Don served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Tampa Florida. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and a Certified Financial Plannerô designation. Don is an independent financial advisor and the founder of The Oquirrh Wealth Advisors, A private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Service, Inc. He has been practicing personal financial planning for over 25 years. Don recently completed a term as the President of the Utah Financial Planning Association and is currently serving as chairman of the group. Don loves the outdoor recreation opportunities available here in our great State of Utah. He participates in downhill skiing, water skiing, golf, fly fishing, hiking, and camping. He has also run in the past 3 SoJo Marathons, the past 3 RAGNAR relays, and has competed in a number of sprint triathlons. Don and Robyn love spending time with their family, especially their 5 grandchildren.

Councilman Steve Barnes (District 4)
Steve Barnes is a Utah native and a resident of South Jordan since 2008. He studied Mass Communication at the University of Utah and studied abroad through the BYU Near Eastern Studies program in Israel, Egypt, and Jordan. While at the University of Utah, he was selected from a pool of over 2,000 applicants to work as an intern in the White House Communication Department in Washington, D.C.
Steve is passionate about education and worked for several years as a substitute teacher for the Granite School District and taught part-time for the LDS Church Educational System. He currently serves as Vice President of the Board of the Mountain West Montessori Academy, a charter school that will be opening in South Jordan in 2014.
After graduating from the University of Utah in 2000, Steve worked in the financial industry for 8 years and currently does financial software sales for StoneRiver here in South Jordan. Steve is dedicated to his community and enjoys using his talents to serve. He and his wife are proud to raise their three young children in South Jordan.

Councilman Christopher J. Rogers (District 5)
Christopher J. Rogers has lived in Utah for over 30 years and is an experienced civil litigation attorney. After graduating from Highland High School, he served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Italy Padova from 1996-98. Chris learned to enjoy the Italian language, the people, culture, and, of course, the food. They continue to hold a special place in his heart.
Upon returning, Chris graduated with a cum laude in Communication from the University of Utah in 2001 and is a 2004 graduate of the University of Utah College of Law, where he was senior staff of the Utah Law Review. He was a law clerk for Judge Russell W. Bench of the Utah Court of Appeals from 2005-2006 and clerked for Senator Orrin G. Hatch on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Judicial Nominations Unit in Washington D.C. in 2002.
Chris is often described as "no-nonsense," efficient, and able to see the big picture. His hobbies and interests include swimming, attending University of Utah football games, keeping up on local high school policy debate (especially because he is a former Tournament Of Champions and National Debate Tournament qualifier), and enjoying a good book about theoretical physics or military history. Chris and his wife, Jennifer, have 3 children -- two daughters and one son -- and are proud to have their home in South Jordan.

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