Mayor Cherie Wood
Welcome to South Salt Lake!
Cherie Wood is a lifelong resident of the City of South Salt Lake, and began her career with the City 24 years ago at the front counter processing utility payments. Always accepting new challenges, she strengthened her skills through various positions with the City and in 2006 was appointed as Assistant Mayor to Mayor Robert Gray. Cherie graduated from the University of Phoenix with dual Bachelor’s Degrees in Business Management and Business Administration. After a well-orchestrated, grass roots campaign that declared progress and change, Cherie Wood became South Salt Lake’s first female Mayor on January 4, 2010.
Mayor Wood has assembled an impressive team of department directors and as promised, has set in motion strong initiatives that will forever change the face of South Salt Lake. Under her Promise South Salt Lake initiative the City has been chosen as one of 100 Best Communities for Young People in 2012 by America's Promise Alliance and she recognized as United Way of Salt Lake's 2016 Changemaker.
"I need your voice to shape our community's future!"
Veto of Ordinance No. 2018-13
On Oct. 5, I issued a Veto of Ordinance No. 2018-13 (which was the Council’s second attempt to authorize the hiring of new support staff at a cost of $100,000.)
While my original objections to the ordinance remain – primarily that the City’s budget realities demand that we hire public safety personnel rather than support staff whose duties can be accommodated by existing City employees – the recent ordinance raises new issues and objections.
First, the ordinance does not conform with local and state laws. In fact, our own Council has an existing ordinance that prevents the immediate reconsideration of a vetoed ordinance.
Second, the Council failed to give City staff, and more importantly the general public, adequate notice of the ordinance.
Finally, I will continue to oppose the Council’s hiring of staff until they consider the more fiscally responsible suggestion to utilize existing City resources. I also agree with Council Member deWolfe that appropriate discussions occur among all Council members regarding the process of such a hire – including job description, function, classification and compensation.
I remain confident that a solution can be found that works for both the Council and for City taxpayers.
Veto of Ordinance No. 2018-11
On Aug. 23, I issued a Veto of Ordinance No. 2018-11. As Mayor, it’s my responsibility to report City needs and conditions to the City Council and to make recommendations based on that report.
As stated in my Veto Memorandum, I cannot support the hiring of additional administrative staff for the Council for two reasons. First, the City has great public safety needs because of the imminent state-mandated homeless resource center. I believe the best use of these funds would be to hire additional police and/or fire personnel to meet our public safety needs. Second, we have existing resources that can fill the Council’s need for administrative assistance and I am more than willing to provide those resources at no cost to the taxpayer.
I am open to dialogue on this matter, but would ask that the Council consider the impacts of spending funds on additional staff at this time.
Consideration of Green Waste collection program survey
If you are a SSL resident interested in having green waste recycling please submit your information using this link. We are currently reviewing this service offering, associated costs and the number of interested residents.
Mondays with the Mayor
The Mayor is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to meet with her constituents. The first Monday of every month she has extended hours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. to discuss issues, concerns or ideas you have for our city. In an effort to respect the time of those attending please call 801-464-6757 to schedule your appointment for either Mondays with the Mayor or any other time you'd like to come in.