Richard Snelgrove, Chair
Voters county-wide elected Richard Snelgrove as an at-large member of the Salt Lake County Council in 2010 and reelected him in 2016. As such he represents all resident of the County, including all cities, townships and unincorporated areas. He is up for reelection in 2022. The Council serves as the legislative branch of County government, responsible to approve budgets, taxes, ordinances and policies.
Richard is an advocate of openness in government. He sponsored an ordinance requiring bond elections go on the ballot only in general election years, when voter turnout is greatest. He proposed the citizen comment period in Committee of the Whole meetings. He spearheaded the new citizen call-in opportunity during Council meetings. He holds impromptu “Council on the Corner” sessions throughout the county, where he can hear what citizens have to say outside the walls of county government.
In 2016 Richard received the Taxpayer Advocate of the Year, “In recognition of his exemplary defense of taxpayers against tax increases and non-essential county spending.” He has delved deeply into each year’s budget, ferreting out ways to avoid tax increases. He voted against placing UTA’s proposed sales tax increase on the ballot in 2015. He pressed UTA to open its closed committee meetings by threatening to delay taxpayers’ $150 million in county funding. He pushed to re-establish performance auditing in Salt Lake County in 2015. He fought to eliminate the hated police fee the first year he took office.
Richard is a member of the Board of Directors of the Unified Fire Authority, which provides fire services to several cities and townships. He serves on the Clark Planetarium Board of Directors and, the County Redevelopment Board of Trustees and the Municipal Services District Board of Trustees.
The County Council has repealed 150 pages of needless business regulations, including allowing kids to run lemonade stands without a permit. He understands small business. He has started and run several small businesses. He is President of Snelgrove Travel Center Inc., which he started in 1990. His company employs 13 people.
His extensive background of public service has given him a unique perspective in serving the citizens of Salt Lake County. He served as an Election Observer to Latin America for the State Department as well as a member of the National Small Business Advisory Council during the George HW Bush Administration. He has been elected three times, including in 2016, as a member of the United States Electoral College. He was chair of the Salt Lake County Republican Party and then the Utah State Republican Party. He served as district director for a Utah U.S. Congressman.
Richard is a life-long resident of Salt Lake County. He was raised in the Sugar House area of Salt Lake City and attended Highland High School. He graduated from the University of Utah in 1980. He and his wife JoLynn make their home in Murray and are the parents of four children. He has been a baseball and soccer coach as well as a Boy Scout leader. In his spare time, he enjoys camping with his family. He hikes in the mountains of Salt Lake County nearly every weekend, year-round.