JIM RIDING

Mayor

Elected: November 2017

Term Expires: January 2020 due to a change in the form of Government

 

Council Committee Assignments

  • Southwest Mayor Caucus

  • Chamber Board

  • Council of Municipal Mayors

  • Economic Development Coordination Committee

  • Economic Development Corporation of Utah Advisory Board

  • Executive Budget Committee

  • Jordan River Commission

  • Jordan School District Council Liaison

  • Salt Lake Airport Advisory Board

  • Salt Lake County Council of Governments

  • Utah League of Cities & Towns (Legislative Policy Committee)

  • VECC Board of Trustees

  • Wasatch Front Regional Council

  • Western Growth Coalition

  • Western Stampede

  • Government Action Council (alternate)

  • Jordan River Commission (alternate)

 

Education & Employment

  • Attended Phoenix College, Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix completing an undergraduate degree in Management and a Master of Business Administration degree.

  • 15-year employee of the City of West Jordan, during which time had responsibilities over Facilities, Fleet, Streets, Parks, Solid Waste and Cemeteries as well as the construction manager for several City construction projects.

  • Project Manager for Pentalon Construction

  • Operations Manager for Concrete General

  • Regional Manager for FireMaster

  • General Contractor

 

Military

  • United States Air Force, served during Vietnam

 

Community Involvement

  • Boy Scouts of America, Silver Beaver Recipient

  • Utah State Precinct Delegate

Contact Us
 
City Hall
8000 S. Redwood Road
West Jordan, UT 84088
801-569-5100 - City
801-633-1430 - Cell
 
City Hall Hours
Monday-Friday

(excluding all state and federal holidays)

8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
 
Email
Inquiries/Questions/Suggestions

Questions for Mayor Riding? Please call 801-633-1430  or submit the following form:

Shaping Our Future

 

In a recent state-of-the-city address, I reported the following growth figures: Throughout 2018, the city received and approved 395 detached single-family residential building permits, 40 multi-family building permits, and 28 new commercial and industrial building permits for a total construction valuation of $238.1 million dollars. With this new growth, the city now has approximately 34,641 residential dwelling units. We have an average household size of 3.46 people per household, and preliminary numbers in advance of next year’s census estimate there are close to 114,000 people who can proudly call West Jordan home.

 

Each of us is unique, but we do have common threads that unify us and determine our community values. We are a family-oriented community. Some of us are just starting out and some of us are retired, but many want homes with yards for children to play. We care about the value of what, for most of us, is our biggest investment – our homes. That means we care about maintaining the condition of our neighborhoods. We work – often in other cities – so we need well-maintained roads and transportation systems to get us there and back home quickly and safely. And, of course, we want to preserve a clean, safe, beautiful and sustainable community for future generations.

 

How we achieve these community values will be determined, in great part, over the next several years, and, quite possibly, at the state legislature. The 2019 legislature is now in session. It is becoming increasingly clear that many county and state officials expect and are prepared to pressure cities like ours with undeveloped land to bear the bulk of the burden of satisfying the need for additional housing. I recognize this need and believe – not only that we should, but we must – be part of the solution. But growth must be wisely planned. It must be supported by concurrent improvements in services and infrastructure, and it must be in keeping with our community values. To ensure these conditions, it is critical that cities maintain control of local land use and receive the funding and project prioritization necessary for infrastructure and services to keep pace with growth.

 

I have been working closely with nearby cities facing the same challenge as well as our state representatives to ensure we have a voice at the legislature as these decisions are made. And we are striving to be a team player – to work with, be part of, and when possible, assume leadership roles within those organizations that formulate policy and make project funding and prioritization decisions that will help shape our City’s future.

Mayor Riding has open office hours the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. For those who are unable to visit during this time, appointments can be made by contacting the administration office at 801-569-5100.

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