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Conrad Jacobson returns to North Salt Lake City Council

NORTH SALT LAKE — A former North Salt Lake city councilman is returning to the council after a two-year break.

Conrad Jacobson, who served on the council from 2004 to 2008, was selected Tuesday night to fill the vacancy left by Ron Gordon, who resigned in January.

"It gets in your blood," Jacobson said of his service to the city.

He said he decided to apply for the vacant seat because he has former council experience. Three council members and the mayor have served two years or less on the council.

"I'm in a position to know what the city has done historically and to view, with some degree of certainty, what the city may be facing in the future," he said.

Jacobson was one of three finalists the current council selected from 19 applicants. The other finalists were former Councilwoman Lisa Watts Baskin and former council candidate Ron Whitehead.

The council and mayor interviewed the finalists during a work session Tuesday and then voted during the council's regular Tuesday meeting.

North Salt Lake Mayor Len Arave broke the 2-2 vote for Jacobson.

Jacobson served on the Planning Commission for five years before running for City Council in 2003. He opted not to run for re-election in 2007. He has lived in North Salt Lake for 23 years and is a former federal investigator. He is now retired.

Jacobson said he is not planning to run for office after serving the remainder of Gordon's term, which expires in 2012.

"I've always been an advocate of part-time, temporary people involved in local politics," he said.

Gordon, 38, was elected in 2007 and called his service "absolutely wonderful." He recently was assigned as stake president — a leadership position over multiple congregations in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — of the church's new North Salt Lake Legacy Stake.

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