Dave Nicponski began his city council career in 2012 and is now serving a second term representing District 1 residents and businesses. Dave’s work history provides a thorough background for his present position. He worked with the Salt Lake Police Department and was town manager for Alta, Utah. Following that he spent 23 years managing government relations for ATK Aerospace, formerly known as Hercules, and today Dave operates his own consulting firm. These experiences have prepared him well for municipal government. He has a passion for public safety, and was instrumental in securing new police vehicles after the recession put the city behind on purchases. The morale boost was immediate as officers gave up aging automobiles. Dave has served as Council Vice-Chair, Budget and Finance Chair, and as a member of the Capital Improvement Program Committee and Business Enhancement Committee. These positions enhance insight into the infrastructure and service needs of the city. Dave is an approachable leader and enjoys visiting with constituents. Dave and his wife, Geri, have lived in Murray City 22 years and have four daughters.
District 2 is the home of Murray City’s newest council member, Dale M. Cox. Beginning his career as a welder mechanic, Dale is no rookie when it comes to running for office; he has filled a number of union posts in his professional life, becoming president of the Utah AFL-CIO in 2012, where he served until his retirement in 2017. This coincided with his oath of office as a council member, although, he still fills board seats for the Utah Colleges of Applied Technology, Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, Odyssey House and the Salt Lake City Council Citizens Compensation and Review Committee. Dale has worked passionately for the rights of working men and women and has spent thousands of hours reaching across isles at the Utah Legislature to ensure the rights of Utah working families were heard. This experience provides a unique viewpoint to be an advocate for the nearly 400 full time employees in Murray City and his insight into legislative issues is invaluable! Dale and his wife, Jann, have two sons and two dogs and are virtually fanatical about Christmas. Their other great love is Disney parks, where they visit yearly.
Jim Brass has more tenure on the city council than any other elected official in Murray. He is serving his fourth term as District 3 council member, taking his first oath-of-office in 2004. Prior to election Jim was a commissioner on the Murray City Planning Commission providing a wealth of land use experience. Jim’s expertise and value on the council has grown during his years in office, as he has developed extensive knowledge serving as representative on the Central Valley Water Conservancy and the Wasatch Front Waste and Recycling Boards. Jim’s profession has allowed him an all-encompassing knowledge of the power utility industry, which is a definite benefit when considering and acting on Murray Power issues. Over the years, Jim has filled many leadership roles within the council, and is currently Budget and Finance Chair, and Redevelopment Vice-Chair. Jim hails from New Jersey, moving to Utah in the 1970s and Murray City in 1987. He and wife, Jennifer, have four children and love the quality of life and community feel of Murray City. In his spare time, Jim walks, hikes, bikes and scuba dives in various Utah, national and world-wide sites.
Recently elected for her second term as a Murray City Council Member, Diane Turner is excited to have the opportunity to continue to serve the community she’s lived in for more than 24 years. Diane has a BS in Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Utah. She worked in criminal and juvenile justice for the State of Utah for 27 years. Her city council focus includes promoting environmental responsibility, which led her to initiate recycling in Murray Park and an idle free ordinance. Diane encourages a healthy lifestyle and active transportation and was instrumental in bringing the east side Murray canal trail to fruition. Turner is a very dedicated council member and admits that this job permeates her life as she spends many hours studying issues. Her forte is communication with her constituents, actively promoting transparency in government. She is serving her second year as council chair, served four years as a delegate to the Utah League of Cities and Towns Legislative Policy Committee and is a Trustee on the Utah Clean Cities Board. Diane is married to Charles Turner and they have three sons. Diane enjoys traveling, hiking, yoga and is a self-professed news junkie.
Brett Hales is almost a household word, as you cannot go anywhere in the Salt Lake valley where Brett doesn’t run into one or more people he knows. He was raised in Magna, still has many friends from his childhood and moved to Murray City in 1988. Serving his second term as District 5 council member, Brett listens, understands and responds to the needs of his constituents. During his career, Brett worked in the credit union world, serving in most all positions including Vice President of Cyprus Credit Union. He has brought this extensive experience in finance to his council responsibilities and provides leadership and direction on budgeting issues and challenges. Brett introduced the City Council Employee of the Month program, which the council endorsed and has been awarding since 2013. Brett has served as council chair and currently leads the Redevelopment Agency as it moves forward to acquire property in anticipation of the revitalization of the historic Murray City downtown area west of State Street. Brett and his wife, Cindy, have five children and a love for traveling together. He adores music and theater and longs for Murray City to renovate the historic theater on State Street.