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HARDY RESIGNATION SIGNALS BIG TROUBLE IN SALT LAKE CITY?
Published September 22, 1997
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).