The Morgan City Council appointed their newest member Tuesday.
Among five residents who expressed interest in the seat left vacant after Lynn Mickelsen’s death, the council chose Michael L. Kendell to serve through 2014. Julie Anderson, Stephen V. Gale, Holly Limb, and DeOrr Peterson were the other applicants.
The council honed in on Kendell’s civil engineering background, saying it would serve the city well in some of its current projects.
Kendell believes his knowledge of budgets, roadway construction, sanitation issues, emerging federal requirements, sidewalks, and storm drains will be an asset for the city.
“I might not know all the answers, but I have a lot of contacts,” he said. “I can bring that aspect.”
Kendell graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Utah State University in civil engineering and environmental engineering in 2004. He is pursuing a master’s in public administration degree at the University of Utah. His job experience includes work with UDOT, exploratory drilling for a geotechnical firm, and a project manager for the engineering division of Salt Lake City’s community and economic development department.
A North Ogden native, Kendell moved to Morgan in May of 2004. His wife is a native of Morgan and they have three young children.
Kendell said he can represent young families, and that he brings a fresh view to the council. He is excited to get to know the other council members and benefit from their experience.
“Usually you don’t get people my age on a city council. I appreciate everyone who showed their faith in me,” Kendell said. “Not having been on the council before, I can bring in fresh blood and think outside the box, bring a more diversified council.”
He said he realizes one of the biggest issues facing the city is the need for increasing tax revenue and attracting to businesses to the area.
“I want to help prepare the city for the future as the city gets larger,” he said. “I want to look ahead to see what the potential is for Morgan.”
However, he said he also wants to help Morgan City maintain its small town traditions.
Despite a daily commute to Salt Lake City and raising his family, Kendell feels confident he will have the time sufficient to carry out his duties as the newest city councilmember. He is somewhat familiar with public service, as he has served as a member of the city’s planning commission for the last six months.
“I am interested in working in the public sector,” he said.
He has a lot of respect for the council member he is replacing.
“Just from listening to other people speak about Lynn, I have a lot of respect for him,” Kendell said. “I’m not trying to replace him. I can’t. I am just excited for this opportunity to work with the city.”