|name||Lou Ann Christensen|
|office||Mayor of Brigham City|
|term_start||January 7, 2002|
|term_end||January 3, 2010|
|predecessor||David T. Kano|
Lou Ann Christensen, the only female mayor in Brigham City’s history, put a high priority on economic development and was delighted to announce that Procter & Gamble would locate a facility in Box Elder County 12 miles west of town. She said, “They plan to start with 300 employees in January of 2010 and over a ten- or twenty-year period, they’ll bump up to 1,000. Those are good-paying jobs, too, and they have great benefits.” Another project was the purchase of the historic Christensen Brother’s Academy of Dance and acquiring money to stabilize the building, making it structurally sound, and establishing a foundation to seek further funding through donations.
Mayor Christensen felt that in a small community, volunteers are essential. She said, “We have just so many resources that can only be stretched so far. We have such a great resource of people in our community who are talented and willing to give of their time. I’ve been amazed at the willingness of people to come volunteer and do what they can to help. At our last volunteer banquet, we figured we had 788 citizen volunteers. We fed close to 260 people at the banquet.”
Her background is in human resource development, and she believes in accountability. She believed in having people set goals, accomplish those goals, and be rewarded. She implemented a performance management system with an employee sitting down with his or her supervisor and setting goals for the year. Those who met goals received merit increases or other recognition.