|name||Clark N. Davis|
|office||Mayor of Brigham City|
|term_start||Jan 2 1990|
|term_end||Jan 5 1998|
|predecessor||Peter C. Knudson|
|successor||David T. Kano|
When Clark N. Davis was elected Mayor, he was concerned that Brigham City was operating with a significant budget deficit. “I thought the deficit was something that needed to be corrected,” he said, “and I felt I could do it.”Oral history interview with Clark N. Davis by Kathleen Bradford, July 30, 1999. During his first year in office, he raised utility rates by 10% and at the same time cut city staffing by about 10%. “It was a challenge to begin with to tighten our belts and live within our means. It didn’t happen in the first year. One reason I ran for a second term is that in the first term I made a lot of hard decisions and potentially created ill will,” he said. “Politicians are traditionally more popular when they’re spending money than when they’re saving money.”Oral history interview with Clark N. Davis by Kathleen Bradford, July 30, 1999.
Davis dedicated the new city golf course and opened the animal control shelter, both projects initiated by the previous administration. Other carry-over projects were implementing the automated garbage system and buying new trucks.
His administration conducted a bond election for a new swimming pool at Pioneer Park. The bond passed with 65% of the voters in favor of the proposition. The modern outdoor pool opened July 4, 1997. Aware that city parks needed improvements, Davis implemented a plan to work on one park each year. Other projects included the downtown Streetscape Beautification Project, a 50/50 Facade Improvement Program for which merchants paid half of the cost, and the city’s participation in planning the new court facility in the downtown area.
Mayor Davis would like to be remembered for continuing the tradition of taking pride in the community, and then allowing the community to be part of the process.