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St. George begins search for replacement after Mayor Pike joins Cox-Henderson administration

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Posted at 9:12 PM, Jan 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-05 00:03:41-05

ST. GEORGE, Utah — The City of St. George is now in the process of selecting a replacement for Mayor Jon Pike, who resigned Monday as he began his appointment in Gov. Spencer Cox's cabinet.

Cox chose Pike as the new commissioner of the Utah Insurance Department.

READ: Cox names cabinet, advisor picks

Pike was mayor for seven years and a city councilman for six years before that. His resignation was made official at 5 p.m. Monday.

“We thank Mayor Pike for his years of service and wish him the best as he begins his new position,” city manager Adam Lenhard said.

The city council will appoint a new mayor, and Lenhard said that process began Monday.

Candidates can apply until next Monday (Jan. 11) at 5 p.m. Requirements include being a U.S. citizen, a registered voter in St. George, and at least 12 months of being a St. George resident (or that of a "recently annexed area"). Convicted felons are not eligible unless their records have been expunged or if it's been 10 years since their last felony conviction and they've paid their fines and served their time. Click here for more information on the application.

Applications will be reviewed from Jan. 12-18. On Jan. 19, they will be interviewed by the city council. That same day, the council will hold a special meeting to vote on and appoint the new mayor.

The special city council meeting will be broadcast via Zoom and on Dixie State University's Community Education Channel on YouTube. Links to the Zoom meeting and more information will also be available on the Utah Public Notice Website, as well as on the city's Facebook and Twitter pages.