City Council Corner
Three People You Should Know…Who Work For You
By Councilmember Tee Tyler
There are lot of people who work behind the scenes to make your city work for you. We'd like you to know a little more about them, and what they do to keep the city going.
Cottonwood Heights is a great place to live; some would say it’s because of our unique location. Positioned between the amenities of a million or more people and the beauty and serenity of the most amazing mountain range in North America, we enjoy entertainment, restaurants, educational opportunities and outdoor recreational activities second to none. Cottonwood Heights enjoys a location that enriches any and all who call it home.
But our city is more than a great spot on a map. Our community benefits every day from people who have offered constant contribution to the city.
This month, I want to highlight three Cottonwood Heights employees who do so much for our government.
So, for a moment, please meet:
Kory Solorio, City Recorder
Kory was born and raised in the Salt Lake Valley, and graduated from West High School. After working for more than a decade in banking, Kory took a job with Murray City in their utility billing department, where she worked for eight years. In 2005, Kory accepted a position at Cottonwood Heights, handling business licensing. She later took on the challenge of becoming the city’s deputy recorder, and in 2013, she accepted the job as city recorder.
“I can do this,” was the thought she had when accepting the position. She later wondered, “What was I thinking?” – but has proven since it was a great move for her and the people of Cottonwood Heights.
Kory works hard to make sure the city records are available to the public. She prepares agendas for the city council and land use committees. After the meetings are done, Kory is not; she records the minutes fromthose meetings and presents them for approval.
Kory says it’s a lot of pressure, but she enjoys the pressure of keeping records and keeping the public informed of the city’s business. She says it gives her great satisfaction and relief when she is able to complete her tasks.
Kory is the mother of two grown children and looks forward to working many years for the city.
Ann Eatchel, City Events Coordinator
It’s not all business in Cottonwood Heights. Sometimes we let loose and party a little; that doesn’t happen without someone to design the events we enjoy. Ann Eatchel plans and coordinates all the city events, including the Bark in the Park, Monster Mash On Ice, the Public Safety Fair, the Easter Egg Hunt, and especially Butlerville Days.
Ann doesn’t only plan these events; she recruits volunteers to facilitate them. That means she also trains and supervises large teams of folks who do it for the love of their city.
Ann also plans official city luncheons and dinners, along with commemorations like the city’s anniversary (she’s busy putting the 10th anniversary celebration together for January 2015).
Ann was born and raised on the west side of the Salt Lake Valley and graduated from Granger High School.
She attended travel school and spent several years working in a doctor’s office before taking time off to be a stay-at-home mom to her 3 children. While raising her kids, Ann also got involved in her local PTA, taking just about every position one can hold.
She also spearheaded the Herriman youth football effort.
Ann has been married for 25 years to Cottonwood Heights Police Sgt. Ken Eatchel.
Ann takes great satisfaction in making people happy. Speaking of the recent Butlerville Days celebration, she said, “That was the best time I ever had.”
Looking forward, Ann plans to stay with the city doing what she loves. She also hopes to be a grandmother some day.
Linda Dunlavy, Deputy City Manager
From a small central Utah town to the halls of Congress, Linda Dunlavy has seen it all. Linda was born and raised in Delta, Utah and later graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in political science. She also interned for U.S. Representative Gunn McKay in Washington D.C. She later worked on the staff for Utah Governor Scott Matheson, before taking on the job of city recorder in Brigham City for 8 years.
She later hired on as Draper’s city recorder, where she spent 10 years. In 2005, she got a phone call from Liane Stillman (Cottonwood Heights’ first city manager), who asked her to join the team for Utah’s newest city. “I don’t know what the pay is,” Linda recalled what Liane told her. “We don’t even have pencils or rulers.”
Linda is glad she took the risk, and later accepted the role of deputy city manager when Liane retired.
Linda is responsible for special projects, employees and administrative services in the city. She has a passion for customer service and loves to serve the people of Cottonwood Heights.
Linda has been married for 22 years and is the mother of two adult children. She looks forward to being a grandmother some day.
When asked what her favorite part of her job is, she answers without hesitation, “I love the people.”
So, there you have it. Cottonwood Heights wouldn’t be the same without these three devoted public servants, as they make your government work for you.