Seth Per­rins named new Sp. Fork city man­ager

Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Kathy Per­rins

Seth J. Per­rins has been named Span­ish Fork City’s new city man­ager due to the re­tire­ment of for­mer Span­ish Fork City Man­ager Dave Oyler on Feb. 5. Per­rins has been work­ing as Span­ish Fork’s as­sis­tant city man­ager since Au­gust of 2004.

Per­rins grew up in Moses Lake, Wash., the son of Glenn and Kathy Per­rins and one of seven chil­dren. He grew up ac­tive in The Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter-day Saints. He was also ac­tive in sports, es­pe­cially soc­cer, bas­ket­ball and ten­nis. He earned the rank of Ea­gle Scout and worked very hard on a farm car­ry­ing ir­ri­ga­tion pipes and har­vest­ing hay.

Dur­ing his se­nior year in high school, he at­tended the lo­cal com­mu­nity col­lege. He went to Ricks Col­lege (now Brigham Young Univer­sity-Idaho) as a sopho­more and grad­u­ated with an as­so­ciate’s de­gree in sci­ence. He then served an LDS mis­sion to Mon­ter­rey, Mex­ico. The sum­mer af­ter his mis­sion, he worked at a lo­cal dairy farm, and he en­joyed that very much. Through all of th­ese ex­pe­ri­ences, he de­vel­oped a strong work ethic, lead­er­ship skills, com­mit­ment and en­durance.

He mar­ried Jill Buff­in­g­ton in 1998 while at­tend­ing BYU and earn­ing a bach­e­lor de­gree in an­i­mal sci­ence. He con­tin­ued on to earn his mas­ter’s de­gree in pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion at BYU. Just af­ter re­ceiv­ing his diploma in 2002, even be­fore he had time to take off his cap and gown, he re­ceived a call from Orem City. He had been work­ing as an in­tern there, and they called to hire him as a full-time man­age­ment an­a­lyst. He worked for Orem un­til he was hired as the as­sis­tant city man­ager of Span­ish Fork in 2004.

In the Span­ish Fork City Coun­cil meet­ing on Jan. 19, Mayor Steve Leif­son made a mo­tion to hire Per­rins as the new city man­ager of Span­ish Fork. The mo­tion was sec­onded and the vote was unan­i­mous. Per­rins was then asked to say a few words. He shared some thoughts about how his fam­ily feels about Span­ish Fork.

When he and his wife moved to Span­ish Fork with their three daugh­ters, they didn’t know what it would be like to live in this new com­mu­nity. Af­ter just four months, Seth asked Jill what she thought about liv­ing in Span­ish Fork, and she re­sponded that she al­ready loved it. They feel like this is a great place to raise their fam­ily. The girls have been ac­tive is sports, dance, mu­sic and church ac­tiv­i­ties.

Jill told the coun­cil mem­bers how grate­ful she is that they have a chance to con­tinue to raise their fam­ily in Span­ish Fork. Seth ex­pressed grat­i­tude for the 11 years he had to work with Dave Oyler; he counts this ex­pe­ri­ence as one of his great­est bless­ings.

At the city coun­cil meet­ing, Coun­cil­man Mike Men­den­hall said, “If you would say any­thing neg­a­tive about Seth, you don’t know the man.”

On Face­book, Steven Money wrote, “Span­ish Fork is very lucky to have two great city man­agers. Dave Oyler was the best and now Seth Per­rins will carry on and do a great job”.

Seth Per­rins

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