SALT LAKE CITY -- According to the Governor's Office, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert has named State Representative Julie Fisher executive director of the Department of Community and Culture (DCC).
Now in her fourth term in the House, Fisher submitted her resignation to Speaker Rebecca Lockhart on Tuesday and will immediately assume the reins of the agency.
Michael Hansen, current DCC acting director, will resume his post as deputy director.
"With her legislative experience, community ties and familiarity with DCC, Julie is uniquely suited to lead the agency to the next level," Herbert said. "She not only understands the state's stewardship role in preserving our unique and invaluable cultural identity, she also appreciates our accountability for every tax dollar, as well as the need to examine service models in a meaningful way."
"I am honored to accept Gov. Herbert's appointment," Fisher said. "As a legislator, I have shared the governor's goal of making Utah's state government a model of management and efficiency. I look forward to the challenge of helping him to achieve that goal, while preserving and valuing Utah's great cultural heritage."
With its mission to enrich the quality of life for the people of Utah by preserving and promoting communities and culture, DCC consists of six divisions, including Arts and Museums, State History, State Library, Ethnic Affairs, Indian Affairs, and Housing and Community Development. The agency is currently under review by the administration as part of a larger effort to optimize state government.