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About Cherie

Cherie Wood is a lifelong resident of South Salt Lake, where she worked for 16 years prior to being elected as Mayor

Cherie began her career with the City processing utility payments at the front counter of the Finance Department. However, after starting a family and becoming a working mother, she realized that she needed to prepare her kids and family for the future and began attending college in the evenings and weekends.Mayor on a bike

By 2007 she had received dual Bachelor Degrees from the University of Phoenix in both Business Management and Business Administration.

Always accepting new challenges, she continued working with South Salt Lake, where she strengthened her skills through various positions with the City. By 2006, Cherie was appointed as Assistant Mayor to her predecessor, Robert Gray.

In 2009, Mayor Gray decided to retire from public service after a single term as Mayor, and Cherie saw her opportunity to take on yet another challenge: Mayor of South Salt Lake.

That year, with the overwhelming support of a community she had worked alongside for 16 years, Cherie Wood was elected to her first term as Mayor of South Salt Lake. Today she serves on the same platform she ran on: quality services, strong community outreach and investment in the people and businesses that make up the community of South Salt Lake.

Cherie is a mother of three boys, and balances those responsibilities with those of her office. Her motto, “What I wish for myself and my family, I wish for everyone in my community” exemplifies her approach.

Mayor Wood is currently serving her third term as Mayor. You can schedule a meeting with her Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm.

EDUCATION

B.S. Business Management, 2007, University of Phoenix
B.S. Business Administration, 2007, University of Phoenix
Graduate of Granite High School, 1991

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

  • Best of State Elected Official: South Salt Lake Mayor Cherie Wood, 2012 and 2013
  • 100 Best Communities in America for Youth to Live, Learn and Grow by America’s Promise Alliance, 2012
  • Community Development Award, National Association for County Community & Economic Development, 2012
  • Top 15 U.S. Dept. of Education 21st Century Afterschool Programs in the U.S., Hser Ner Moo Center
  • Top Citywide Afterschool Program Model in Utah, Utah Afterschool Network
  • University of Phoenix National Icon: Mayor Cherie Wood 2011
  • 30 Women to Watch: Mayor Cherie Wood, Utah Business Magazine, 2011
  • Worker’s Advocate Award: Mayor Cherie Wood, Utah AFL-CIO, 2013
  • United Way of Salt Lake's Change Maker 2016
  • Utah Philanthropy Day - Lt. Governor's Public Service Award 2018

BOARDS

FAQs:

How can I follow what the Mayor is doing?

Mayor Wood is on Facebook and Twitter! Follow her accounts to see what she's up to.

When is the next mayoral election?

In 2021 - Primary elections are in August and municipal elections are held in November.

I have an issue or concern regarding the City of South Salt Lake; who can I speak with about this?

In addition to attending an open City Council meeting, you can call the mayor’s office during business hours to schedule a meeting with Mayor Wood. 

What are the goals for South Salt Lake in 2020?

We are expecting significant growth throughout South Salt Lake in the coming years, so one of our main goals is to meet that growth head-on and ensure that all residents are receiving the quality services and programs that SSL is known for. We are also a city that invests in people, and we plan to continue this on both a community and individual taxpayer level.

Where can I see Mayor Wood speak?

Mayor Wood participates in every bi-monthly City Council Meeting -- which are open to the public. She also gives her input during meetings for the Redevelopment Agency, and you’ll see her at other important community events throughout the year. Her signature speech on policy goals is the State of the City in March.

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