Former LDS land manager warns of Summit cronyism

A former land portfolio manager for the LDS Church said Wednesday that a massive development near Park City was derailed by self-dealing and cronyism between Summit County officials and developers.

Elliott Christensen, who recently retired from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, told a legislative committee that there is a lack of accountability in Summit County, with "cronies" and insiders in the process using their positions with the county to personally benefit on land transactions to the tune of millions of dollars.

"It’s an area that needs to be corrected," Christensen said. "As this concept is used more and more across the state, it needs to be more transparent — open accountability and open appraisal work."

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