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RE-ELECT MAYOR RANDY LEWIS: A Lifetime of Proven Leadership: Business – Community – Faith

Where I Started


I was born in Malad, Idaho. When I was one, the family moved to Salt Lake City. I grew up in what’s now Millcreek, and that’s where I learned to love fishing. I was on the Granite High School golf team, and we took 7th place in the state tournament. I’m a Utah man, sir, and after a year at the U, I served a 2-year LDS mission to Australia, which was where I learned the value of discipline and hard work.


When I returned to the U, I married my wonderful high school friend, Melanie Burt (whose brothers became Burt Brothers, the tire guys), and we both received degrees in medical technology. I began working in the lab at Cottonwood Hospital, but not long after that we were called as full-time LDS Health Service missionaries for the LDS Church in Western Samoa. Those were an eye-opening two years!


Business Leadership


After returning from Samoa, Rick Hymas and I formed Biolabs, a full-service medical laboratory on the Lakeview Hospital campus serving medical offices and care facilities from Salt Lake to Ogden. In the 25 years we owned and ran that company, I probably drew blood from over 8,000 Bountiful residents.


After selling Biolabs, I obtained a license as a health facility administrator, and I became the Director of the Orchard Cove Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Center in Bountiful. In my 10 years in that position, we treated about 500 knee and hip replacement patients each year. I was responsible for coordinating the professional services of doctors, nurses, and support staff, and providing all of the budgeting, billing, and administrative services for that facility [RANDY – WHAT WAS THE ANNUAL BUDGET?]

Since retiring from Orchard Cove, I have served as the Public Relations Director for the Creekside Assisted Living facility in Bountiful.


Community Leadership


I have served 2 terms as Bountiful’s Mayor, and under Bountiful’s mayor-council form of government, while I preside at City Council meetings, I only have voting authority in the event of a tie-vote on the Council. In my 8 years as Mayor, probably the most significant tie-breaking vote was last August’s approval of Bountiful’s Trails Master Plan. That was a 30-year vote.


Since 2018, I have served on the Lakeview Hospital Board of Directors. All of my 42 years in Bountiful have been spent in providing high quality health care service to this community.


The real leadership challenge for Bountiful’s mayor is the hours and hours I spend working with other mayors, county commissioners, and planning experts on regional challenges that come at Bountiful from beyond our city boundaries. I play a lot of golf, and I take a lot of people fishing, and I build relationships that pay off for Bountiful in lots of ways. Here’s a big one: Bountiful is working hard to develop a first-class mountain trail in North Canyon. The Davis County economic development folks were only willing to front $250,000 for the project. Working with the County Commission, I was able to boost the total to $500,000.


I serve on the Davis County Board of Heath, and in 2019 I was the Chair. My work on that Board was critical in formulating Bountiful’s response throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.


I serve on the Council of Governments, and in 2018 I was the Chair. This is the coordinating entity between Davis cities, the County Commission, Davis School District, Hill Air Force Base, and Chambers of Commerce. This group is where transportation and growth issues get decided within the County. An immediate project is land acquisition for the West Davis Corridor.


I serve on the South Davis Fire District, and I was the 2019 Chair. Since 2017, we have reduced the emergency first response time from an average of 6 minutes to 4 minutes. That took a small tax increase, and all of the mayors voted for it.


I serve on the Board of the South Davis Recreation Center, and in 2019 I was the Chair. Because of community growth, we’re looking to expand in the southwestern part of the County. Biggest accomplishment here: the Rec Center ice ribbon at Bountiful Town Square – which earned a Best of State award this year.

I serve on the Wasatch Front Regional Council along with mayors across the Wasatch Front, and we deal with air quality and transportation issues. We are working closely with the Utah Department of Transportation and Utah Transit Authority on a near-term Bus Rapid Transit line from Farmington to North Salt Lake. The routing and design aspects will be critical to Bountiful over the next 4 years.


Faith Leadership


Bountiful is a multi-cultural and multi-faith community, and these aspects of our city really please me. I have been extremely fortunate over the years to have had some very challenging leadership experiences as a member of my church. I’m sharing some of them here because they are a part of who I am, and why I value teamwork and looking out for people. I served in a ward bishopric for 5 years and as a bishop for another 5. I served as a stake president for nearly 10 years. Those, like the experiences of any minister or pastor, are really “people” positions in the sense that I dealt with hundreds of good people in their times of triumph and tragedy. It helped that I had some first-hand experience with both triumph and tragedy; in 1996,our dear, smart, and funny 17-year-old son, Jimmy, died of leukemia. We’ve never gotten over it. In a medical lab, not all the tests have happy endings, and I’ve learned a lot about compassion.


Melanie and I served 3 years as a mission president’s family in Alaska, which was a real highlight in our lives. Being “parents on the ground” to 400 young men and women was both sobering and exciting. When the phone rang in the middle of the night, we just never knew what was coming. But whatever it was, the person calling needed a mom, a dad, a friend. I was never so grateful for wrong numbers! What I brought home from Alaska was the conviction that we can never invest too much in helping children succeed in growing up.


The Bottom Line


Leadership involves being a good listener, but it’s also more than putting a finger in the air to test wind direction. People want to be heard, but they also expect leaders to make good decisions based on gathering good information. I’ve never backed away from a decision because it was hard to make. I know what it’s like to face controversy. What really pleases me is that I feel really good about the decisions I’ve had to make, and I believe that time has shown their wisdom. No mayor can please everyone all of the time, and wise voters know that. There’s much to be said for not allowing the perfect to be the enemy of the good.

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