Among the most recognized people in the county, hands down Box Elder County Commissioner LuAnn Adams is at the top of the list. Her many years of public service in Brigham City and for the county makes her one of the most notable local people around.
Now her work will extend beyond the county boundaries as she takes over as Commissioner of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, following a recent appointment by Governor Gary Herbert.
A farewell reception will be held for Commissioner Adams as she departs her position one year shy of completing her full first term. The reception will be held Wednesday, Jan, 8, at the Historic County Courthouse, 1 South Main, Brigham City from 2-4 p.m., and 6-7 p.m.
Adams began her public service in 1975 as the secretary in the Brigham City Recorder’s Office. She quit work when she and her husband, Bob, had a baby. Over the years she would fill in where she was needed in various offices for the city until she was hired full time to work as the mayor’s secretary under Peter Knudsen (now Utah state senator).
Adams eventually left the position to raise her family. Over time she stepped out into the workforce again, first as an aide and Title I teacher for the Box Elder School District, then as a medical transcriptionist for the Sports Orthopedic Clinic. Upon the urging and support of many people, Adams next step was to throw her hat into the political ring and run for the Box Elder County Recorder/Clerk position.
Adams won the election and the three following ones to serve a total of 16 years as recorder/clerk. Surveyor was eventually added to that title when those offices were combined. Contemplating retirement, she ran for and won the position of county commissioner, at the urging and support of many people.
Since beginning her term, Commissioner Adams’ main focus has been toward saving the county money, encouraging the county’s growth in agriculture and preserving the rights, accessibility, and way of life in this rural area.
Catching the governor’s attention, her “go-get ‘em” attitude will now scope the entire state.