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'Titan of Midvale politics' JoAnn Seghini dies at age 82

JoAnn Seghini
Posted at 1:33 PM, Jun 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-20 15:33:39-04

MIDVALE, Utah — Former Mayor JoAnn Seghini, who had one of the longest careers in Utah politics, has died at age 82.

Seghini's death was confirmed by Midvale City Council member Dustin Gettel.

"Devastated to learn of the passing of former Mayor JoAnn Seghini early this morning," he said in a statement to FOX 13. "An absolute titan of Midvale politics, Mayor Seghini embodied everything that was good about public service, kindness, and commitment to community. Midvale experienced unprecedented growth under her steady leadership, and she helped transform the city into what it is today. I wish to extend my sincere condolences to Mayor Seghini's friends and family."

Seghini spent 32 years in Midvale politics until her retirement from office two years ago. During her tenure, she oversaw homelessness issues in the central part of the Salt Lake Valley, environmental cleanup of sites in Midvale, as well as the community's growth. She was the first woman to be elected mayor of that community.