February 4, 2021
Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson Announces New Outreach & Strategy Senior Advisor
Salt Lake City, UT – Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson announced today, the addition of Eric Hutchings to the county as a new Outreach & Strategy Senior Advisor to the Mayor. “Salt Lake County has positioned itself as the place to find critical answers to really important challenges, and I could not be more thrilled to join the team that is working so hard to solve them,” said Hutchings.
Hutchings’ prior experience as a legislator representing the west side communities of Kearns, Taylorsville, and West Jordan, will be a valuable addition to the Mayor’s team. “Eric’s deep intergovernmental and community relationships will help Salt Lake County continue to build bridges as we address complex issues,” said Mayor Wilson. “His legislative focus on criminal justice reform will be one more tool to help us elevate the community voice to inform criminal justice policy and practice.”
He served in the Utah State House of Representatives from 2001 to 2020 representing District 38. While in the legislature, Hutchings served as Speaker Pro-Tem, Chair of the Executive Office and Criminal Justice Appropriations Sub-committee, and Chair of the International Relations and Trade Commission. Hutchings also served on the Judiciary Committee, Revenue and Taxation Committee, Law Enforcement Committee, Government Operations Committee, the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, the Utah Sentencing Commission, the Traumatic Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Fund Committee, and the Rural Economic Development Commission.
As a legislator, Hutchings became a nationally recognized criminal justice reformer, running many important pieces of legislation regarding this and related subjects like expungement. He traveled nationally speaking with other legislatures as they developed their own criminal justice reform efforts. Hutchings said, “Over the years of serving in the State Legislature I have learned that if we can solve a problem in Salt Lake County then we can use that experience and expertise to help others all over the state. Getting engaged with the County team at this critical time is very exciting for me.”
Hutchings has also held several appointed positions with organizations including the Salt Lake County Criminal Justice Advisory Council, Salt Lake County Tourism, Recreation, Culture, and Convention Committee (TRCC), the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation Board, the Construction Oversight Board for the Olympic Oval expansion, the Council of State Governments Justice Center Board, and the American Council of Young Political Leaders, and he was a member of the International Strategic Committee for the University Cote d’Azur in Nice France.
Hutchings was appointed Chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures Law and Criminal Justice Committee where he helped organize and lead working groups to study and develop best practices for issues like fighting Minority Disparity in Criminal Justice, Disaster Response, Juvenile Justice Reform, Election Integrity, and Criminal Justice Reform.
He has a bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in International Affairs and Global Enterprises from the University of Utah. Hutchings is also fluent in Mandarin.
Hutchings first day was Wednesday, February 3.