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April 8, 2021

Director of Salt Lake County Emergency Management Receives the Utah Emergency Management Association's Member of the Year Award

Tina Brown, PIO - Email

Salt Lake County, UT – Salt Lake County Emergency Management’s Director, Chief Clint Mecham receives the 2021 Member of the Year Award from the Utah Emergency Management Association. This award is only given to one member of the Utah Emergency Management Association to recognize his, or her, outstanding contributions, leadership and achievements in service through professional activities to emergency management in Utah.

Director/Chief Mecham was nominated by his peers for this extinguished award for his efforts in serving on the County’s Unified Command in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Utah while simultaneously overseeing the response to the 5.7 Magna Earthquake and the severe windstorm event that took place in September.

Director/Chief Mecham is a Unified Fire Authority firefighter and Battalion Chief who became the Emergency Manager for Salt Lake County more than eight years ago. As the emergency manager, Clint works diligently to better prepare the citizens and communities within Salt Lake County as well as the State of Utah. He has been instrumental in responding and assisting to emergencies and natural disasters both locally and nationally, including: The Rosecrest Fire, Hilldale flooding, Hurricane Berry, Hurricane Katrina and the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, to name a few. Clint is constantly looking on the horizon for the next threat and how the emergency management community can improve processes and preparedness within the county and state.  

“Salt Lake County is beyond lucky to have Clint as part of the team,” said Mayor Jenny Wilson. “His unmatched talent and lifelong dedication to emergency management make him a perfect recipient for this honor. Clint’s leadership over the past year responding to natural disasters amid a pandemic, demonstrates his ability to effectively protect residents of Salt Lake County while balancing seamless response to multiple situations simultaneously.”