Grand County Attorney Christina Sloan has hired a Moab native as a deputy to assist her in overseeing civil issues. Kema Johnson will work as a paralegal until she takes the Utah bar exam.
Out of budget concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent shutdown of most of the local economy, Sloan said Johnson signed a part-time contract and she won’t work full time until August.
“I appreciate these are hard financial times at the county and other departments are facing furloughs,” said Sloan in explaining her reasoning.
She said the contract saved her department “at least” $80,000 in salary and benefits. In addition to working on civil matters, Johnson will focus on juvenile and drug court in support of the criminal division.
Sloan said Johnson is a multigenerational Moabite who attended St. Mary’s College of California, where she earned a bachelor degree in Business Administration and a master in Finance. She then attended the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. After graduation she was awarded a fellowship at the City of Denver Attorney’s office.
“I was always looking for the right opportunity to come back to Moab, to a place my family considers home, [and] has held various entrepreneurial pursuits (Moab Outdoors, Miller’s Shopping Center), maintained a farm (the old Egg Ranch), supported our court system, and even had some members sit on council. I hope to make a meaningful contribution to the county and act as an efficient support system for the county attorney’s administration,” said Johnson.
Said Sloan, “I am grateful to have found her — I believe she has the perfect balance of local knowledge, education, intelligence, experience, and passion for Grand County to be a long-term fit for GCAO and the county when our budget allows us to hire her full time.”