FARMINGTON -- For six years Brian McKenzie has been a Davis County election director in training.
He just didn't know it.
After longtime election director Pat Beckstead retired June 14, McKenzie was named to take the lead elections position with municipal primaries coming up.
"I am excited for this opportunity to work in the election arena," McKenzie told the Davis County Commission on Tuesday.
McKenzie was introduced as the county's new election's department manager.
He said he knows the clerk's office has a lot of work to do, and he looks forward to it.
"McKenzie is one of only five certified elections and registration administrators in the state of Utah and brings to this new assignment a passion and dedication to the transparency and integrity of the election process," said Terry Tremea, chief deputy clerk in the county clerk/auditor's office.
"For over six years, McKenzie has been a critical part of the administration of elections in Davis County. Over these years, he has developed procedures to increase efficiency while reducing costs and has been recognized for these efforts by receiving the election center's Minute Man Award," Tremea said.
McKenzie has been with the county for nine years.
County Commissioner Louenda Downs said the county shouldn't miss a beat with the appointment of McKenzie.
Commissioner John Petroff Jr. said jokingly, "Pat (Beckstead) left some big shoes to fill. But Brian (McKenzie) has some big feet."