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Nichole Dunn has been the Salt Lake County Deputy Mayor since 2009, first under former Mayor Peter Corroon, and now under Mayor McAdams. Prior to being the Deputy Mayor, Nichole joined Mayor Peter Corroon’s administration in January of 2005, where she served as the Intergovernmental Relations Specialist. She has worked for over a decade in state and local government and the non-profit sector; her background is in government relations and public policy.
Nichole is a Salt Lake County native with a strong commitment to serve her community. She lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and two children.
Associate Deputy Mayor
(385) 468-7024 | email
Executive Assistant to Mayor McAdams
(385) 468-7025 | email
Alyson Heyrend is a journalism graduate from Utah State University. She worked for more than 15 years in print and broadcast journalism in Utah and Idaho, holding positions as a producer, a reporter and a news anchor. She also worked as director of development and communication for the Nature Conservancy, a nonprofit environmental organization. from 2001-2012, Alyson served as Communications Director for Utah Congressman Jim Matheson.
Michelle joined the McAdams team in January 2013, and before that, she worked as Communications Specialist for Salt Lake County in former Mayor Peter Corroon’s office. Michelle is a California native who moved to Utah in 2000 and graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. Michelle lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and young son.
Constituent Relations and Communications Specialist
(385) 468-7034 | email
Prior to joining Mayor McAdams’ administration Kimberly Barnett (Kimi) proudly served with Mayor Peter Corroon during his last term in office. Her emphasis was on environmental policy and intergovernmental relations. Among other priorities, she continues to manage environmental policy for the McAdams administration. She received her MPA from the University of Utah in 2004. Prior to joining Salt Lake County she spent many years in the nonprofit sector.
Jeremy Keele is senior policy advisor to Mayor McAdams and Director of Government Relations at the County. Prior to joining Mayor McAdams’ team, Jeremy was a corporate attorney with the law firms of Stoel Rives (Salt Lake), Latham & Watkins (Los Angeles) and Cleary Gottlieb (New York / London). Jeremy is an adjunct member of the faculty at BYU Law School, where he teaches a course on mergers & acquisitions. Jeremy received his JD from NYU in 2006, an MPA from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government in 2006 and Bachelors degrees in Biology and French from BYU in 2001. Jeremy is married to Amy Asay and has three boys, Liam (6), Heath (2) and Jude (5 mos).
Born and raised in West Jordan, Celina’s background is in the travel and hospitality industry where she has worked in various roles over the past 10 years bringing business conventions, tour groups, and destination travelers to Salt Lake County, boosting our local economy. She has also had the opportunity to serve on the board of several local non-profit organizations and after-school programs that promote the interests and well-being of women. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Wells College in Public Affairs: Ethics, Politics, and Social Policy and also studied abroad in Spain at the University of Sevilla. Most recently she was a candidate for the House of Representatives for District 34 in Taylorsville where she resides with her family.
Rebecca Sanchez is the Director of Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdam’s Office of Diversity Affairs. She previously worked in the same position for Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon and as Community Affairs Coordinator for former Salt Lake City Mayor Palmer DePaulis. Since her appointment in 2006 to Director of Diversity Affairs, Ms. Sanchez has promoted respect and understanding as tools to a stronger and more unified community that welcomes and respects the uniqueness of all residents and visitors
She grew up in Los Angeles and received her degree in Sociology at California State University at Long Beach. She is also a graduate of the University of Utah’s conflict resolution program. Rebecca Sanchez is very passionate about helping people connect with one another and shares the Mayor’s vision of an inclusive community for all.
Carlton Christensen was appointed by Mayor Ben McAdams in August 2013 to the newly created position of Director of Regional Development for Salt Lake County. The position was created to better address Salt Lake County’s role as a premier regional government and to help direct and take a stronger lead in issues that affect the entire county.
Christensen is currently serving his final term on the Salt Lake City Council where he’s represented the Northwest part of Salt Lake City for the past 16 years. Mr. Christensen is the Vice Chair of the Salt Lake City Redevelopment Agency, the President of the Associates Board for the Museum of Natural History of Utah, an ex officio member of the Salt Lake City Airport Board, and Chair of the Wasatch Front Economic Development District.
Christensen also serves on the Board of Shelter the Homeless, and represents Salt Lake City, for the duration of his City Council tenure, on the Wasatch Regional Council, the Salt Lake County Council of Governments, and the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation. At Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s request, Mr. Christensen has served on the Great Salt Lake Advisory Council since 2010.
In September 2013, Carlton finished his term as President of the Utah League of Cities & Towns, representing local municipalities throughout Utah.
Carlton is a graduate of the University of Utah who worked as a Community Development Representative for Zions Bank in Salt Lake City and previously worked for a property management and development company.
Carlton and his wife, Cathleen, are the parents of two daughters, Jessica and Sarah.
Erin Litvack is the Director of the Salt Lake County Community Services Department. The Department oversees eight divisions including the Salt Palace Convention Center, South Towne Exposition Center, Parks and Recreation, Center for the Arts, Clark Planetarium, Visit Salt Lake, and the ZAP (Zoo, Arts & Parks) Program. Prior to joining Salt Lake County in 2005, Erin worked for and held a variety of positions at the Milwaukee and Salt Lake Jewish Community Centers and was the Fund Development & Pride Day Event Director for the Utah Pride Center. Erin is a member of the Visit Salt Lake Executive Committee, Downtown Alliance Board of Directors and numerous Salt Lake County advisory boards. Erin enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, learning and community volunteer service. Erin lives in Salt Lake City with her husband, David, and their two children, Gabriel and Addison.
Lori has more than 16 years of experience in Health and Human Services. Prior to her current position, she was a Health and Human Services Agency Executive for San Diego County. Before that, she served as Director of the Office of Public Guardian for the State of Utah. Earlier in her career, Lori worked for a non-profit serving at-risk youth. She holds a master's degree in Clinical Psychology and is a licensed therapist
Russ Wall served as Mayor of the City of Taylorsville for seven years and City Council Member for four years. He has also served the community as a Board Member for Salt Lake Valley Board of Health, Unified Police Department, Unified Fire Authority, Valley Emergency Communication Center, Utah Local Governments Trust as well as Habitat for Humanity.
Mr. Leary has spent his professional career working in local government administering large organizations such as the Office of the District Attorney, the Salt Lake County Clerk’s Office. He served for four years as the Associate Director for the Administrative Services Department of Salt Lake County. In 2011, he was appointed by the Salt Lake County Mayor as the Director of the Public Works Department responsible for seven agencies with almost 400 employees and a combined budget of $93 million. This department provides city services to the unincorporated residents in the Salt Lake valley, as well as regional services countywide. In January 2013, Mayor Ben McAdams appointed Mr. Leary as the Township Executive responsible for providing municipal services to the 160,000 County residents living in the unincorporated areas of the County. This newly minted position serves much like a city manager does in local city governments.
The unincorporated area of Salt Lake County encompasses almost 450 square miles of area, and is considered the 2nd largest municipality in Utah.
Mr. Leary has conducted numerous organizational studies, teaches courses in management and is a skilled facilitator. Mr. Leary is completing a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Utah, and completed his undergraduate work at Utah State University.
Christina Oliver is the Director of Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams’ Office of Economic Development. She previously worked with the Utah Transit Authority (UTA), where she facilitated economic and transit-oriented commercial, retail and multi-residential development along UTA’s transit corridors. Prior to that position, she was Director of Corporate Recruitment and Incentives at the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. In that capacity, she represented the State of Utah in relocation and expansion projects with Fortune 100 companies such as Goldman Sachs and eBay. Oliver also worked closely with prominent Utah companies such as Merit Medical Systems, Nelson Laboratories and MediConnect Global in their major expansions.
Darrin C. Casper is the Chief Financial Officer for Salt Lake County Government serving at the pleasure of Mayor Ben McAdams. Darrin has served in this capacity for eight years. Darrin previously served as the County Council’s Chief Fiscal Officer and prior to that as a department fiscal manager. He has been employed with Salt Lake County government for 15 years. Primary work responsibilities include protecting Salt Lake County’s assets, and its coveted AAA bond rating. The CFO is responsible for the county organizations of Accounting, Budgeting, and Finance. Its mission also includes being a strategic partner of direct service provider organizations that serve the citizens of Salt Lake County.
Darrin is married to Christine Elliott Casper. Together they have three boys. Elliott – age 20, Samuel – age 17, and Quinn – age 14. Personal interests include all outdoor activities. Favorites include skiing, hiking and fly fishing.
Darrin graduated from Boston University with a Master’s of Business Administration and with a B.S. in Accounting from Utah State University.
Mr. Graviet currently serves as the Salt Lake County Emergency Services Director and is responsible for emergency/disaster planning, response, and coordination. He is a retired Major of the Utah Department of Public Safety serving in key roles as the Deputy Director of Homeland Security, State Bureau of Investigations, and Peace Officer Standards and Training. He spent 12 years with the Department’s Special Emergency Response Team and served on the 2002 Winter Olympic Tactical Sub-committee. Mr. Graviet has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and is a graduate of the Northwestern Police Staff and Command College. He is married to Nanette and is the father of four children.