Ronald V. Smith is Lehi's new mayor.
In a special session Tuesday night, the City Council unanimously appointed Smith - currently a council member - as mayor pro tempore until official swearing-in ceremonies next week.Smith succeeds Guy Cash, who resigned last week, citing the pressures associated with public office. A 56-year-old schoolteacher, Smith has served on the City Council since January. He will serve the remaining 15 months of Cash's orig-inal elected term.
Replacing Smith in his council post will be Stephen S. Swenson, who also will be sworn in during the council's meeting Tuesday, Oct. 13, at at 7 p.m. in the City Council chambers, 153 N. 100 East.
Like Smith, Swenson will serve for 15 months. Should he then decide to run for office again, he would run for a two-year council post.
Smith previously served on the city's civic improvement committee, which oversees the Lehi Roundup Rodeo celebrations.
Smith told the Deseret News last year he has "the time, energy and background to serve the people of Lehi."
In addition, Smith was born and raised in Lehi, which he said gives him unique insight into "this great place, this great community for families."
Before running for the council spot on the Progressive Party ticket, Smith involved himself in citizen committees giving input to the Lehi master plan.
"I believe in careful development and I also see the need to provide places to live," Smith said.
Cash, who had served as a councilman for four years before taking the mayoral spot in 1990, had been at the center of controversy since a Utah County attorney's office investigation of him on charges of receiving illegal compensation as an elected official. Those charges were later dropped after Cash entered into a one-year diversion agreement.
The council officially accepted Cash's resignation before adjourning into a closed session to discuss his successor. Councilman John Hadfield and the others expressed their appreciation to Cash for his service.
"I want to go on record as saying, personally, that I think (Cash) did a good job while he was in office," Hadfield said.
Councilman Johnny Barnes, acting as mayor pro tem, agreed, and said the council should draft a letter thanking Cash for his nearly seven years of public service.
The council also approved Barnes as mayor pro tem after Smith is sworn in. That action will allow Barnes to act as mayor, such as casting tie-breaking votes, in Smith's absence.