Omer resigns, council to appoint replacement

Omer resigns, council to appoint replacement
Posted on 08/12/2011

Councilwoman Nicole Omer, who has represented Cottonwood Heights District Three since January 2010, submitted her resignation from the city council effective Sept. 13.  She is resigning the council seat in order to pursue an employment opportunity with the University of Colorado in Denver.

“I am deeply disappointed that I will be unable to fulfill my term as the District Three representative,” said Omer.  “I appreciate the opportunity given to me by the residents and have tried to gain their trust.  However, given the quality of our residents, I am confident that a suitable new representative will come forward.”

During her term on the city council, Omer has served as the city council liaison for the Cottonwood Heights Arts Council and is currently chair of the Administrative Control Board for the Salt Lake County Sanitation Division.  She is also a member of the Long-range Planning Committee for Ending Homelessness and the city’s Audit Committee.

“Nicole has been a dynamic member of the city council since her election two years ago,” said Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore, Jr.  “She has taken a strong interest in local issues and has worked hard to communicate effectively with the residents in her district. We will miss her unique insights and contributions, but we also understand that her career takes priority and wish her well in her new endeavor.”

Because Omer’s resignation comes late in the year, the vacant seat will not be determined by an election but rather through an appointment by the remaining members of the city council.  Residents from District Three who are interested in being considered for the appointment should submit a letter of interest listing their qualifications to Cottonwood Heights City Recorder Linda Dunlavy at  Applicants must meet the following legal requirements:

  • Resident of Cottonwood Heights for at least twelve months prior to the appointment.
  • Resident of the district to be represented.
  • United States citizen.
  • 18 years of age or older.
  • Registered to vote in Cottonwood Heights.
  • Must not have been convicted of a felony or an election crime.

Letters of interest will be accepted until Sept. 15 at 5 p.m., and the council is expected to announce their decision at city council meeting on Oct. 11.