In the June Rotary Club Luncheon, Murray City School District Superintendent Steve Hirase presented Sherrie Swensen with a plaque and signage featuring her photo that will be added the Wall of Outstanding Alumnus of MHS.
BIOGRAPHY OF SHERRIE SWENSEN, MHS CLASS OF 1966:
Sherrie was born in Murray and her family moved to Sandy for 5 years, but later returned to Murray where she graduated from high school in 1966. Her family has deep roots in Murray, as her grandfather and grandmother (Oscar and Hilda Swensen) migrated from Sweden and Norway and settled in Murray, just west of where I-15 is now. Oscar was employed at the Murray Smelter where he contracted black lung disease. Her father, Sterling Swensen, and all seven of his siblings, attended Murray High School and continued to reside in Murray for the rest of their lives.
Sherrie is currently the Salt Lake County Clerk and directs the Election, Marriage, passport and Council Clerk Divisions for Salt Lake County. Sherrie first ran for Salt Lake County Clerk in 1990 and has been elected to that office seven times. As County Clerk, she focused on making voter registration convenient and accessible and developed numerous programs to encourage voter participation.
In 2000, Sherrie received the League of Women Voters Community Service Award, and in 2010, she was honored as the recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for her efforts to increase voter participation. In 2014, she was appointed to eh Federal Election Assistance Commission Standards Board. She was involved in little-league sports programs for over 10 years and served on the Executive Board of the Ute Conference little league football program. She currently resides in Sandy and has two sons and eight grandchildren.
CONGRATULATIONS FROM MURRAY CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT TO SHERRIE SWENSEN FOR THIS OUTSTANDING RECOGNITION. She joins other distinguished past MHS graduates in being named to this honor.