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Hunter-area resident chosen to fill District 3 seat on West Valley City Council

Feb 07, 2022 03:42PM ● By Darrell Kirby

William Whetstone, West Valley City’s newest councilmember. (Darrell Kirby/City Journals)

By Darrell Kirby | [email protected]

The briefly vacant District 3 seat on the West Valley City Council has been filled. 

William Whetstone was approved by the city council on Jan. 18 to finish the two years left in the term of Karen Lang, who was elected as mayor in November after 10 years on the council serving the northwestern/north-central part of the city.   

“I’m just very excited to serve on the council,” Whetstone said.  

Whetstone was selected from among seven applicants. The 30-year resident of West Valley City has been a member of the city’s Board of Adjustment since 2013. The panel hears and acts on appeals of decisions and actions by the planning commission and zoning administrator. 

Whetstone is Director of Community Reinvestment for American Express. “I look for investments that can stimulate the economy and investments that create or preserve affordable housing,” said Whetstone, hoping to bring that experience to the city. He would also like to see greater recognition and support for military veterans who live in West Valley City. Whetstone is a 17-year veteran himself, currently serving part-time in the Utah Air National Guard. 

Getting to an affirmative vote for Whetstone was not easy. Separate motions were made by various city council members for votes on five of the seven candidates, but none garnered enough support. A majority of council members finally gave the nod to Whetstone. 

Whetstone and his wife, Deborah, have four daughters, ages 14 to 23. “They’re pretty excited,” he said.