Buzz: Salt Lake County GOP chair and treasurer resign

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Utah Republican Party logoThe Salt Lake County GOP experienced a shakeup today as county party chair Chad Bennion and treasurer Mel Nimer both resigned from their respective offices in the Republican Party.

Nimer is currently running for Salt Lake County Council At Large Seat A and is resigning to focus on his campaign.

Bennion said he’s resigning for family reasons, but he has been involved in some public controversy during his brief time as chair. He raised eyebrows last year by attacking Democratic District Attorney Sim Gill over his decision to investigate serious allegations of police misconduct in West Valley City’s narcotics division and making what some interpreted as a thinly-veiled racist comment.

Bennion’s affiliation with the Fraternal Order of Police also made the attack look as if he was using party resources to promote a personal interest, and the civil libertarian wing of the party was unhappy with the appearance of supporting corrupt policing practices.

With Republican caucus meetings tomorrow, a fresh batch of central committee members will be tasked with picking a replacement for both offices right off the bat. The Salt Lake County Republican Party’s next central committee meeting is in April.

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