Hatch sworn in as county commissioner

Uinta County Attorney Loretta Howieson-Kallas reads the oath of office to Brent Hatch as he becomes the newest member of the Uinta County Commission on Monday, Jan. 4, in Evanston. (HERALD PHOTO/Kayne Pyatt)

EVANSTON — The New Year for the Uinta County Commission began with a swearing-in ceremony on Monday, Jan. 4, for newly-elected Commissioner Brent Hatch. Hatch was elected to serve a four-year term in the vacated position formerly held by Craig Welling. Local dignitaries and Hatch’s wife, daughter and her family attended the ceremony. Uinta County Attorney Loretta Howieson-Kallas conducted the swearing-in of Hatch.

Commissioners Eric South and Mark Anderson welcomed Hatch to the commission, and both said they were looking forward to working with Hatch.

Hatch talked about goals he hopes to achieve as a commissioner.

“I plan to work toward strengthening the economy of the entire county by recruiting private businesses to relocate to our area and by developing a comprehensive three- to five-year strategic plan and striving to become more proactive,” Hatch said. “I want to make sure we are maximizing all our financial sources of revenue and utilizing the funds in the best possible way for the benefit of all the citizens of Uinta County.  Another of my goals is to support local existing businesses to not only survive our current COVID-19 pandemic, but to rebound with much more growth than before. We have a lot of work to do to build unity across the entire county.”

Hatch has demonstrated his commitment to Evanston and Uinta County by actively serving on many committees, boards and with nonprofit organizations.

Currently, Hatch serves on several volunteer boards and also regularly provides assistance to the Lord’s Storehouse and other local nonprofit organizations. He was involved with the 2020 Coronavirus Response Team. He was nominated by the Evanston Chamber of Commerce as Outstanding Business Person of the Year in 2019 and 2020.

“I want to be as transparent as possible and to listen to the citizens of Uinta County,” Hatch told the Herald. “I plan to be a county commissioner who is available and willing to have people share their thoughts and ideas with me. I’m committed to do everything in my power to serve all the citizens of Uinta County.”

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