Mayor Ben McAdams is announcing that long time county public servant Nichole Dunn will leave her job as Deputy Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer to move with her family to the Washington D.C. area, where her husband has accepted a job offer from Georgetown University. McAdams said her last day with the county will be Sept. 23rd.
McAdams said her departure ends nearly 11 years of service with Salt Lake County government, going back to former Mayor Peter Corroon’s administration.
“Nichole is the finest example I know of a public servant who contributes to her community with tireless enthusiasm and a deep commitment to working across the political aisle to solve problems and achieve progress,” said McAdams. “She is an accomplished colleague, an important partner in moving Salt Lake County forward and a person I deeply admire. Her work helped improve the quality of life for thousands of Salt Lake families and visitors and that’s the lasting legacy of her career here in Salt Lake County.”
Nichole Adams Dunn began her tenure with the Mayor’s Administration as the director of government relations with former Mayor Peter Corroon in 2005. She became McAdams’ Deputy Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer when he was sworn into office in January 2013. She is a graduate of the University of Utah and is an active community volunteer. During her years with county, Dunn helped advance numerous initiatives that resulted in new parks and recreational facilities, remodeled and restored cultural facilities (such as the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre) and the modernization of the county’s municipal services function, through the creation of the Office of Township Services. She has helped to oversee Salt Lake County’s nearly $1.1 billion budget and has worked with countless boards and committees that oversee everything from the distribution of tourism dollars, to the Zoo, Arts and Parks fund, to the administration of public safety through 9-1-1 emergency dispatch.
Salt Lake County Council Chairman Richard Snelgrove said Nichole will be missed, but that he wishes her family well in this new endeavor.
“Deputy Mayor Dunn has been a real asset and a treasure as a Salt Lake County employee. Her departure leaves a void and I will certainly miss working with her on the issues that are important to county residents. I send my best wishes to her and to her family as they embark on this new chapter,” said Snelgrove.
At-large County Council member Jenny Wilson said Dunn’s departure is going to be felt across the county.
“While I am excited for the Dunn Family as they take on this new adventure, there will be a void at Salt Lake County. Nichole is widely recognized by those she deals with as highly effective and committed to her work. Both the Corroon and McAdams administrations have benefited from her skill and dedication. It is unusual for someone in such a high profile and critical role to only have friends, not enemies, and it speaks to her special abilities that that is indeed the case. We will all miss Nichole,” said Wilson.
Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder echoed that response.
“While there are many incredible individuals in Salt Lake County government, few, if any, have the combination of intelligence, diplomacy and decency that Nichole Dunn possesses. Her departure will in a very real sense impact us all for years to come. Sincere best wishes to my dear friend and colleague, as she undertakes this new phase of her journey,” said Sheriff Winder.
Dunn said she’s particularly proud of an initiative that established a Women’s Leadership Program in the county. She said it is an important program to foster and mentor the advancement of women in county government.
“Nichole was pivotal in establishing the Women’s Leadership Forum that brought employees together from across the county for mentorship and professional development. She inspired those around her to follow their ambitions, cultivated an environment of innovation and supported and motivated us to succeed,” said Administrative Services Associate Director Megan Hillyard.
Dunn says she is grateful for the opportunity to work with many talented and committed county employees and remains a passionate believer in Mayor McAdams and in his vision for The Future We Choose in Salt Lake County. She said she’ll miss the long list of colleagues and coworkers with whom she’s become friends, but is excited for this next chapter in her family’s life in a new city and opportunities to contribute to a new community.
“It has been my humble honor to serve the citizens of Salt Lake County for the last almost 11 years,” Dunn wrote in her resignation letter. “One of the highlights of my career has been collaborating with you, Mayor, to set the course for The Future We Choose. I feel confident that we have assembled an all-star team that can deliver on this commitment.”
McAdams said a search is underway for her replacement which is subject to the approval of the County Council.