Former Salt Lake County Mayor Nancy Workman passed away this week at the age of 79.
Workman, a Republican, was the first Salt Lake County Mayor, elected when the county switched from a three commissioner form of government in 2000. Workman was elected as County Recorder in 1994. She is the only Republican to hold that office.
In 2004, Workman was accused of misusing funds by using county money to pay for employees at the local chapter of the Boys and Girls Club. She faced two felony charges, but she was found not guilty in 2005.
Despite the controversy, Workman initially rebuffed calls for her to drop out of the 2004 County Mayor race. The Salt Lake County GOP withdrew their support for her, causing her to withdraw from the race in October. The GOP replaced her with Ellis Ivory as a write-in candidate. Democrat Peter Corroon won the election and went on to serve two terms. He was succeeded by Ben McAdams in 2012.
Workman was later hired as President and CEO of the Sandy Chamber of Commerce.