Salt Lake City - Today Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert named State Representative Julie Fisher executive director of the Department of Community and Culture (DCC). Now in her fourth term in the House, Fisher submitted her resignation to Speaker Rebecca Lockhart today and will immediately assume the reins of the agency. Michael Hansen, current DCC acting director, will resume his post as deputy director.
"With her legislative experience, community ties and familiarity with DCC, Julie is uniquely suited to lead the agency to the next level," the Governor said. "She not only understands the State's stewardship role in preserving our unique and invaluable cultural identity, she also appreciates our accountability for every tax dollar, as well as the need to examine service models in a meaningful way."
"I am honored to accept Governor Herbert's appointment," said Rep. Fisher. "As a legislator, I have shared the Governor's goal of making Utah's state government a model of management and efficiency. I look forward to the challenge of helping him to achieve that goal, while preserving and valuing Utah's great cultural heritage."
With its mission to enrich the quality of life for the people of Utah by preserving and promoting communities and culture, DCC consists of six divisions, including Arts and Museums, State History, State Library, Ethnic Affairs, Indian Affairs, and Housing and Community Development. The agency is currently under review by the administration as part of a larger effort to optimize state government.
Representing Kaysville, Fruit Heights and Farmington, Fisher was first elected to the Utah House of Representatives in 2004. Her service included posts on the House Transportation Committee; the Revenue and Taxation Committee; the Business, Economic Development, and Labor Appropriations Subcommittee; the Government Operations and Political Subdivisions Interim Committee; and Utah International Relations and Trade Commission.
She has also served on the Capitol Arts Placement Subcommittee and the Utah State Historical Records Advisory Board, as well as the Boards of the Davis County Chamber of Commerce, the Intergovernmental Roundtable, and the Salt Lake United Way.
In 2010, Fisher was named to the Executive Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures, where she has also served as vice chair of the Labor and Economic Development Committee since 2007. In 2010, she was presented the Utah Medical Association "Representative of the Year Award" and received the Davis County Chamber of Commerce "Leadership Award" in 2008.
Fisher graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism in 1980. She and husband Scott have four children and reside in Fruit Heights.