SALT LAKE CITY -- Gov. Gary R. Herbert announced six appointments to the Prison Relocation and Development Authority on Wednesday, including one official with Davis County roots.
The appointments come just weeks before a legislatively set deadline for the board's first meeting June 15.
The appointments are Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, a Viewmont High School graduate; Lane Summerhays; S. Camille Anthony; Dave Luna; Judith Atherton; and Leland Pollack, a Garfield County commissioner.
The board also has a Top of Utah influence, with Rep. Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, and Sen. Jerry Stevenson, R-Layton, among the four politicians on the board. Wilson is vice chairman of the House Executive Appropriations Committee, while Stevenson, a former Layton mayor, served as vice chairman of the Senate Executive Appropriations Committee during the last session.
Joining Wilson and Stevenson on the board are Sen. Steve Urquhart, R-St. George, and Rep. Eric Hutchings, R-Kearns. The last appointment to the board is up to the Draper City Council. The state prison is in Draper.
The political makeup of the board and its geographic representation were key sticking points during the 2013 legislative session. Urquhart worried about the governor having too much say on who served on the board, and other lawmakers worried about the demographic makeup of the group charged with the task of moving the prison relocation forward.
The new PRADA has been asked to initiate a request for proposal, as part of its charge, and bring back a recommendation for consideration by the governor and the Legislature.
Lawmakers have been told the relocation of the prison could generate as many as 40,000 jobs for the Draper area on the 700 acres of land the prison now occupies, with a financial impact estimated to be as much as $20 billion over 25 years.
Wilson said he is excited about getting to work on the next step in the relocation process. He said the plan offers a great opportunity for the state to focus on prisoner rehabilitation in the state prison system as well as potentially opening prime real estate property in Draper for development.
The Kaysville lawmaker said he thinks the first meeting will be an opportunity for board members to come up to speed on where the process is and then to lay the groundwork for requests for proposals.