Family to stay guardians of embattled county recorder

Published on July 14, 2017 at 02:41PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A judge says embattled Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott’s family members will remain his temporary legal guardians while he’s treated at a medical facility.

The Deseret News reports (http://bit.ly/2v1d64H) the Friday ruling comes amid increasingly urgent questions about Ott’s mental capacity.

Judge Bruce Lubeck ruled against Ott’s aide Karmen Sanone, who’s been identified as his girlfriend and has controlled his finances since 2014. Lubeck is ordering Ott to undergo a mental evaluation before the next hearing in the case.

He’s also asking the two sides to try and solve the legal spat through mediation.

Ott has previously appeared befuddled and struggled to publicly answer basic questions about his salary and address, but hasn’t stepped down from his elected position and can’t be removed.