Biskupski Names Former Democratic House Leader Litvack Deputy Chief of Staff

David LitvackMayor-elect Jackie Biskupski released the following statement regarding her choice of Deputy Chief of Staff:

Today, Salt Lake City Mayor-elect Jackie Biskupski announced former state legislator and minority leader David Litvack will become her Deputy Chief of Staff when she takes office on January 4, 2016. In his role, David will oversee policy development and analysis for the administration.

“In order to realize the full potential of Salt Lake City’s energy, we need a strong advocate for responsible and strategic policy at the city, county, and state levels. With his years of leadership in the legislature and experience at the county level, David is the perfect choice to help move the capital city forward,” said Mayor-elect Biskupski on her decision. “I have had the opportunity to mentor, partner, and work with David over the course of his career in public service, and there is no doubt he is smart, intentional, and most importantly dedicated to an inclusive and diverse community.”

Since 2008, David has served as the Coordinator of the Criminal Justice Advisory Council (CJAC) in the Salt Lake County Mayor’s Office, Office of Regional Development. In his role as CJAC Coordinator, David works closely with local officials within the county and state criminal and social justice system to develop strategies to reduce recidivism, improve information-sharing between agencies, and enhance the use of data driven decision making. David represented Central City and West Salt Lake as a legislator from 2000 – 2012. During his twelve years in the Utah House of Representatives, David served two terms as the Minority Leader, as well as serving on the Health and Human Services Committee, Executive Appropriation, Law Enforcement and Justice Committee, and the Legislative Management Committee.

“In the House, Jackie served as a mentor, not only to me, but to many new legislators who were eager to serve the people in an effective and honest manner. We all learned by watching Jackie, how to navigate relationships, on both sides of the aisle, to get work done to benefit the people we represented,” said David on working with Mayor-elect Biskupski. “Having seen how she works and understanding her vision, I am honored to be a part of this team and the great things to come.”

David moved to Salt Lake City in 1987, attended Westminster College, and currently lives in Salt Lake City’s Central City neighborhood with his wife Erin, their two children, and dog.