Mayor Cherie Wood
Welcome to South Salt Lake!
Cherie Wood is a lifelong resident of the City of South Salt Lake, and began her career with the City 24 years ago at the front counter processing utility payments. Always accepting new challenges, she strengthened her skills through various positions with the City and in 2006 was appointed as Assistant Mayor to Mayor Robert Gray. Cherie graduated from the University of Phoenix with dual Bachelor’s Degrees in Business Management and Business Administration. After a well-orchestrated, grass roots campaign that declared progress and change, Cherie Wood became South Salt Lake’s first female Mayor on January 4, 2010.
Mayor Wood has assembled an impressive team of department directors and as promised, has set in motion strong initiatives that will forever change the face of South Salt Lake. Under her Promise South Salt Lake initiative the City has been chosen as one of 100 Best Communities for Young People in 2012 by America's Promise Alliance and she recognized as United Way of Salt Lake's 2016 Changemaker.
"I need your voice to shape our community's future!"
Homeless Resource Center Update from Mayor Cherie Wood
The phrase “It’s a marathon, not a sprint” comes to mind when thinking about the mitigation process for the Homeless Resource Center slated for our City.
While it may appear that not much is happening from the outside, rest assured that there are dozens of dedicated members of my staff and others preparing for this event. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- We have time. The Resource Center is not slated to open until sometime in 2019. The State and County have much work to do at the funding and organizational levels before a single shovel of dirt can be moved.
- We have been promised funding. Both Mayor Ben McAdams and the State Legislature have made numerous commitments to mitigate against local impacts. My public safety, transportation and economic development teams are meeting weekly and working very hard to accurately understand and prepare for potential impacts so we can demand the necessary funding that we deserve.
- We now have a seat at the table. Shelter the Homeless is the non-profit organization slated to oversee the new homeless resource centers in Salt Lake County. South Salt Lake has been promised a position on the board to ensure that we have a voice in all decision making. This is a major victory.
The first milestone in the process is this summer when we will present our funding needs to the State Legislature’s interim session. Legislators will be collecting information to prepare for a funding decision during their 2018 session.
I will be meeting with neighborhood and other stakeholder groups in June and July to gather information for this process. Please feel free to reach out to me at any time with questions or suggestions. We are in this for the long haul and we will win the marathon.
Homeless Resource Center Site Selection
"It's very clear that no city wanted this resource center. That's very obvious, but I want to commend South Salt Lake. You opposed it the right way. I want to commend you for your humanity, for your kindness. You are not just a light to the rest of the state, but to our country as well." – Lieutenant Governor, Spencer Cox. (April 10, 2017)
As you all know by now, South Salt Lake was selected as the third site for a new homeless resource center. We are disappointed and frustrated but we will continue our efforts to improve quality of life for our residents and business owners.
Thank you to South Salt Lake City Council, residents and business owners for standing together in the fight to keep the homeless resource center out of South Salt Lake. The selected site at 3380 S. 1000 West will be a challenge to for us to deal with going forward. But South Salt Lake leaders must switch gears and focus our attention on ensuring the facility will have the least possible impact on residents and businesses.
My commitment to residents is that we will do everything we can to mitigate and keep our neighborhoods safe. We are also committed to not raising property taxes to subsidize the homeless resource center. My priorities will be:
1. I will fight to make sure that appropriate funding is in place before construction begins.
2. I will fight for safety and quality of life for our existing residents.
3. I will work with our partners along the Jordan River to continue our rehabilitation efforts.
4. I will hold Salt Lake County and the State of Utah to their word, and make sure South Salt Lake receives some of the services that everyone wants, like libraries, parks and new developments.
Words cannot express how proud I am to be your Mayor, as I stood with you in the fight against the homeless resource center. I was touched by your commitment and love for our City. Like Lieutenant Governor Cox said, you opposed this process with humanity and kindness. I urge you all to stay involved because the process is not over and the need for your voices will continue.
State of the City Address and Best of South Salt Lake Awards 2017
Mayor Wood presented the State of the City on Wednesday March 17th at both a lunch and an evening event to allow anyone in the community to participate.
You can read the text of the speech here: State of the City 2017
You can take a look at the Best of South Salt Lake awards brochure to see who is making our community a safer, cleaner and more beautiful place to live, work and play here: Best of South Salt Lake 2017
You can watch the video recording of the presentations here:
Mondays with the Mayor
The Mayor is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to meet with her constituents. The first Monday of every month she has extended hours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. to discuss issues, concerns or ideas you have for our city.
The next Monday with the Mayor will be March 6th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Mayor’s office. In an effort to respect the time of those attending please call 801-464-6757 to schedule your appointment for either Mondays with the Mayor or any other time you'd like to come in.