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County GOP Calls On Sim Gill To Resign Over Lengthy Ott Investigation

Whittney Evans / KUER

Frustrations from Salt Lake County Republicans over the drawn-out investigation into former recorder Gary Ott’s aides is now turning into political back-and-forth.

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill has been investigating claims of elder abuse and ethics violations by Gary Ott’s former aides for nearly a year. But some people are tired of waiting for that investigation to end.

The Salt Lake County Republican Party said Tuesday that charges should have been filed by now, and called on Gill to resign.

The DA responded in a statement, saying his office continues to investigate, and that recent testimony from Ott’s former aides during a court hearing will be “invaluable” to the investigation. Gill added that he is bound by the law and can only bring criminal charges if they’re based on facts and evidence.

In separate statements, Gill and the Utah Democratic Party condemned the county GOP for “politicizing” Ott’s death.

The County Republican Party says it just wants justice for the former County recorder, who died last week of complications from Alzheimer’s disease.  

Nicole Nixon holds a Communication degree from the University of Utah. She has worked on and off in the KUER Newsroom since 2013, when she first joined KUER as an intern. Nicole is a Utah native. Besides public radio, she is also passionate about beautiful landscapes and breakfast burritos.
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