Mayor Ben McAdams
2001 South State Street, Suite N2-100, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84114
To request a meeting with the mayor, or to ask him to participate in your event, contact
Stephanie Withers (385) 468-7025
Erin Litvack served as the Director of the Salt Lake County Community Services Department for 12 years before being promoted to Deputy Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer in January 2017. 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 the Utah Pride Center and March of Dimes. 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.
Darrin C. Casper is Deputy Mayor of Finance & Administration. Prior to this position, Darrin served as Chief Financial Officer for Salt Lake County Government 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, Samuel, and Quinn. Darrin is an avid outdoor enthusiast, 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.
Karen Hale is Deputy Mayor of Community and External Affairs. Before joining McAdams' team in 2016, Karen worked at Salt Lake City as director of community relations and senior advisor to former Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker. She has also served
as a Utah State Senator for eight years, holding committee assignments on the Public Education Appropriations Committee and the Senate Education Standing Committee. She serves on many community boards, including Primary Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees, Intermountain Healthcare, Inc., Visit Salt Lake,
the Utah Film Center and KUED. Karen is also the former publisher and editor of Parent Express, a news and resource magazine for Utah families. She and her husband Jon are the parents of five children and have five grandchildren.
Rick Graham is Salt Lake County's Deputy Mayor & Chief Operations Officer. Rick first joined McAdams' team in April 2016 as Township & Metro Services Executive. Rick has a nearly 40 years of public service experience, including his previous position as Salt Lake City's Director of Public Services for 19
years where he was the city administrator over parks, street and traffic planning and maintenance, sidewalks, snow removal, and sanitation. While at Salt Lake City, Rick was also involved in planning and management of several
significant public projects including the planning and construction of parks , construction of the Jordan River Trail system though Salt Lake City, planning for the 2002 Winter Olympics, construction of the Steiner Aquatic Center and Olympic Ice Sheets, project manager for the Sorenson Unity Center and The
Leonardo, construction of the SL Regional Athletic Complex and creating the dog off-leash ordinance management plan for the city.
Rick received his bachelor's degree from the University of Utah in Recreation Management. He lives in Salt Lake City with his wife Cathy Vail Graham and is the proud father of four children and five grandchildren. Rick and his family also run a
nonprofit called Reaching Out Worldwide that engages local high school students to participate in global humanitarian efforts.
Prior to joining the mayor's office, Stephanie worked in the
Utah Attorney General’s Office Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. She has a BS
in Information Technology and enjoys creating multimedia communications. She is
a mother of six teenagers, and volunteers her time with the youth in her
neighborhood. In her spare time she works as an special effects makeup artist, and is
an avid reader.
Michelle is an Ashford University graduate with a BA in Public Administration. She started working for Salt Lake County 14 years ago as a clerk at the Salt Lake County Jail. Currently she is the Executive Assistant to Deputy Mayor Erin Litvack as well as the Trip Reduction Program Manager for the County. Michelle is a proud ARMY wife as well as mother to step-daughter Isabelle and son Charlie.
Patrick is a University of Utah Truman Scholar, with a Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown University. He worked as a legislative fellow in Utah Rep. Jim Matheson’s office and most recently as a policy advisor in the U.S. Department of Labor
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.
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. She also has a Masters of Strategic Communications degree
from Westminster College.
Prior to being appointed Senior Advisory on Policy & Communications, Michelle served as Mayor McAdams' Deputy Communications Director for four years. Before that, she worked as Communications Specialist for former Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon. 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. She is currently pursuing a Master's of Public Administration from the University of Utah. Michelle lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and young son.
Kendra joined Mayor McAdams’ administration in October 2015 with a background in program management in the travel and tourism industry. She earned a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree with an emphasis on journalism and communications from Colorado State University. After college, Kendra served on the leadership committee of the Colorado Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America while also working as an account executive for the local independent newspaper under RamPR, the student run public relations firm. In 2008, Kendra left Colorado for Utah so she could live closer to family and enjoy the greatest snow on earth.
Kendra resides in Park City, Utah and is excited to work with Salt Lake County to make a positive impact on our local community.
Emma has worked in various roles with Salt Lake County since 2002. She began her career in Aging Services as center manager for the Sunday Anderson Westside Senior which is the first center in the state to be nationally accredited. In 2006 Emma became the Assistant Program Manager for the Active Aging Centers Program and managed 8 of the 16 county facilities.
A longtime community volunteer, Emma has been on the county's Council on Diversity Affairs since 2013. She is the former chairwoman of the Governor's Office of Ethnic Affairs and currently serves on the YWCA Board, UAA/SCANS Board, Reverend France A. Davis Scholarship Board, and is the president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Upsilon Beta Omega Chapter.
Emma hails from Texas, lived in Florida for 10 years and has been a resident of Utah since 1986. Emma has two lovely daughters who are married to her two amazing son-in-law’s. Emma brings her collaborative skills and community connections to the position and looks forward to working with all communities.
Megan Hillyard was appointed to director of the Administrative Services Department in 2017. The department oversees county divisions including Facilities, Contracts & Procurement, and Information Services. Prior to this appointment, Megan served as the department’s Associate Director, and as the Associate Deputy Mayor for Finance and Administration.
Megan first came to Salt Lake County as the Community Relations Specialist in July 2008, serving former Mayor Peter Corroon. She has also worked as an Administrative Assistant for a member of the County Council.
Megan is a graduate of the University of Utah, where she received a BA degree in English and a master’s degree in International Affairs and Global Enterprise. She is married and enjoys running, cycling and traveling.
Prior to her appointed as Community Services Department Director, Holly Yocom served as associate director of the department for two years. Before working for Salt Lake County, Holly was
Executive Director of the Utah Film Center where she managed a multi-million
dollar budget and worked with many filmmakers and community partners to present
a wide variety of films for the community to attend.
is a graduate of the University of Utah. She holds a Master’s of Public Policy
from the U of U, with an emphasis in economics and statistics. She has been a
volunteer with the Central Utah Arts Center, the Salt Lake City Library Board,
and the Utah Board of Juvenile Justice. She is married and has a daughter.
Prior to joining Salt Lake County, Karen Crompton served as the President of Voices for Utah Children. During her 13 years at Voices, Karen received a number of awards including the Outstanding Achievement Award in Government and Public Service from the YWCA of Salt Lake and the Florette Angel Award for “exceptional leadership, perceptive organizational vision, innovative advocacy, and effective service on behalf of children and their families” from Voices for America’s Children. She previously worked for Sears, Roebuck & Company for 18 years in a number of regional and national management positions. Karen is a graduate of the University of Utah.
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.
Carlton has a long history of public service. He recently completed his final term, after 16 years of service, as a Salt Lake City Councilman. 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. Carlton also serves on the Board of Shelter the Homeless, and at Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s request, he is a member of the Great Salt Lake Advisory Council since 2010. Prior to joining Mayor McAdams' team, Carlton worked as a Community Development Representative for Zions Bank.
Carlton has a degree from the University of Utah. He and his wife, Cathleen, are the parents of two daughters, Jessica and Sarah.
Scott has been an employee of Salt Lake County for nearly 22 years. Prior to his current role as Public Works Department Director, Scott was the director of Flood Control Engineering. Some of Scott’s accomplishments at the County include project engineer for many public works and flood control projects, project manager for the Millcreek Fireflow Special Improvement District, and he effectively managed the flood mitigation response during the high water flow season in 2010 and 2011, ensuring people and property were kept from harm.
Scott graduated with a master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Brigham Young University with an emphasis in hydrology and hydraulics. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, fishing, oil painting, playing ukulele, and spending time with his family.