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  • HARDY RESIGNATION SIGNALS BIG TROUBLE IN SALT LAKE CITY?

              In Utah, State Olympic Coordinator Tom Hardy "quit his
         job" on Friday before he ever started, indicating that the
         "prospects of working closely" with an SLOC led by CEO Frank
         Joklik "does not appeal" to him, according to Mike Gorrell
         of the SALT LAKE TRIBUNE.  Hardy had been named to the new
         post by UT Gov. Mike Leavitt, four days before SLOC
         President Tom Welch resigned.  Hardy: "Very honestly, right
         now it seems to me that Mr. Joklik seems to have a hostility
         to any oversight, government or otherwise."  More Hardy:
         "[Joklik] perceives himself as the savior who will make this
         thing work. ... [SLOC] is going to be an environment that is
         less open to suggestions of any oversight.  It will probably
         be an organization very controlling about the information it
         disperses and those are all trends other than in the right
         direction."  Joklik "dismissed" Hardy's statements, "citing
         his repeated pledges to improve SLOC's relationship with the
         state, and to build a 'meaningful partnership.'"  But
         Gorrell added the recent developments have "troubled" state
         officials.  UT Senate President Lane Beattie: "There isn't a
         person in the Legislature who isn't concerned about what's
         going on with the Olympics" (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 9/20).
    
    

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