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Oaks sworn in as new Utah Treasurer

Investment banker takes over for David Damschen, who resigned in April

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Elaine Oaks (Center) watches as Marlo Oaks is sworn in as the 26th Treasurer of Utah by Associate Chief Justice Thomas R. Lee, in a swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

Marlo M. Oaks took the oath of office on Tuesday, officially becoming Utah’s 26th state treasurer.

Oaks replaces David Damschen, who resigned in April to become the president and CEO of the Utah Housing Corporation, a nonprofit that helps provide affordable housing for low and moderate-income people.

Oaks, a former investment banker, was one of three candidates to replace Damschen put forward by the Utah Republican Party’s Central Committee. Gov. Spencer Cox picked Oaks ahead of Riverton City Councilmember Tawnee McCay and investment banker Seth Sunderland.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) New Utah Treasurer Marlo Oaks, visits with supporters, after the swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

Oaks was the managing director at Crewe Capital in Salt Lake City and sits on the investment committee of the Utah Valley University endowment. He also founded two nonprofit organizations.

Oaks’ appointment will continue until January 2023. He will have to run in a special election next year if he hopes to keep the job for the remainder of Damschen’s unfinished term.


(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) New Utah Treasurer Marlo Oaks, speaks during the swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

Kirt Slaugh, the state’s former chief deputy treasurer, had been serving as the acting state treasurer.




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