The 'Queen of Midvale,' Mayor JoAnn Seghini retires at 80
(KUTV) - Today is the official last day in office for JoAnn Seghini, 80, the “queen” of Midvale as she’s been called, after more than a half a century in public office.
The last 32 of those years were spent in the city government of Midvale. 12 years as a city council member and the last 20 as Mayor.
2News was there as she handed over her keys and ID to the city manager. The first woman mayor and longest serving Mayor in the cities 109-year history.
“I’ll just have to knock like everybody else,” said Seghini with a laugh. When asked how it feels to be leaving office, she said, “I missed a meeting, I mean I didn’t miss a meeting, that was nice.”
Seghini was raised in Midvale where her father would serve as city attorney for 35 years. She graduated from college with an education degree and started teaching in the Jordan School district where she would later serve as the assistant superintend. In 1986 she ran for city council in Midvale and in 1998 she was elected as mayor.
Seghini has seen a lot in the last two decades as mayor. Some of the most difficult challenges: Convincing the community to change addresses to go along with the county grid system. Cleaning up two superfund sites that are now beginning to boom with industry and dealing with the only homeless shelter in the county outside of Salt Lake City.
“Has 300 beds, is open 24/7, 12 months a year,” said Seghini. “It’s a difficult situation.”
But she says the community has been accepting. Seghini believes Midvale is in good hands with her successor Robert Hale who was sworn in early Tuesday evening.
“There is not another mayor that’s done as much as she has,” said Hale to 2News.
But Seghini says this is not the end of her service. She plans to continue to volunteer in the community and let her voice be heard at city meetings.
“I love this community and the people in it,” said Seghini as she left the city offices.