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Could you serve on a state board? Utah trying to fill hundreds of slots

Utah relies on the work of dozens of boards and its hundreds of volunteers in order to conduct business safely and professionally. (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) Licensing cosmetologists? There's a board for that.

Preserving state history? There's a board for that.

Making sure judges act properly? Yup. There's a board for that.

Utah relies on the work of dozens of boards and its hundreds of volunteers in order to conduct business safely and professionally.

"Governor Herbert has 369 boards to which he appoints members,” says Herbert’s Deputy Chief of Staff Mike Mower. “We have about 2500 Utahns currently serving on boards."

But at the end of this month, we have a lot of spots to fill. The state has hundreds of vacancies and positions expiring, a fact Governor Herbert tweeted about last week. Not having those spots filled could mean trouble.

"Well, sometimes you have a challenge if you don't have a quorum,” Mower said. “That means that the business of the board is delayed for a month."

That can be a big deal. For example, if you're a professional who needs a license renewed in order to keep working, that delay could cost your job.

When it comes to the question of who serves on boards, there are often manned by the professionals who work in the field the board is governing, but every day Utahns are encouraged to apply, also, Mower says.

"You always have a public member or two on those boards to represent how the public feels, to say what does the lay person feels when it comes to someone's professional licensing and any questions that might come up with how they've done their job,” he said.

To see what boards exist, and have pending vacancies, you can check https://boards.utah.gov/

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