People On The Move

People on the Move is your weekly roundup of hiring and other personnel news throughout the state of Utah.

Salt Lake City—Jacey Skinner, who is Of Counsel in Ballard Spahr’s Salt Lake City office, has been named General Counsel and Vice President of Public Policy for the Salt Lake Chamber. Ms. Skinner has held a variety of senior leadership roles in Utah state government. Prior to joining Ballard Spahr, she served as General Counsel to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and as the Deputy State Court Administrator for the State of Utah. Ms. Skinner was also the Director of the Utah Sentencing Commission and a Deputy District Attorney at the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office. Recently, she was named to the Utah State University Board of Trustees. The Salt Lake Chamber is Utah’s largest and longest-standing business association. It represents the state’s 63,000-plus employers, which together employ more than 1.4 million Utah residents.

Salt Lake City— University of Utah President Ruth Watkins has approved the hiring of a chief safety officer to coordinate and oversee safety initiatives on campus. The new chief safety officer position is one of more than two dozen recommendations made by the Presidential Task Force on Campus Safety, which the president reconvened in December to look at general safety practices and resources. Watkins has accepted all the proposals from the task force, whose members represented a cross-section of campus entities. The university will, over time, invest approximately $925,000 to implement the group’s recommendations. These actions are in addition to approximately $6 million in safety expenditures that will be made by other campus entities over the next several years and which the task force has endorsed, such as hiring more security officers for Health Sciences buildings and installing new security systems in older campus housing units. The task force recommendations also are in addition to 30 campus-wide improvements made following an independent team’s review of the university’s response in the Lauren McCluskey case. The task force met between December 2018 and July 2019. The co-chairs and some task force members also met with various groups on campus to gather additional information about helpful safety measures. Students advocated specifically for centralizing evening classes on campus and for parking options located close to buildings in use at night, such as libraries. Former U President David Pershing first commissioned the task force in January 2017 to look at measures to improve campus safety. That year, the university invested nearly $400,000 in safety-related actions.

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