Agency History #423


Glendale, a small community in the north end of Long Valley in Kane County, was settled in 1871 by a group of families moving from the Muddy River settlement in Nevada. In search of a more friendly environment in which to resettle, they selected the site of an earlier settlement (Barryville) which had been abandoned because of Indian hostilities. Glendale became an incorporated town on 29 March 1935.


Utah municipal governments perform numerous functions, including the maintaining of law and order, guarding public health and sanitation, providing for elections, managing public services, and promoting community development. The Glendale council initially focused on developing culinary water. At the time of incorporation, Glendale liquidated an already existing water company and set about building a new water works. Within the first five years, the city improved roads, put in street lights, and improved the cemetery. Ongoing maintenance of roads and water works have been primary functions of the Glendale council. The council has worked with the Glendale Irrigation Company to manage irrigation water. The council collaborated with the nearby Orderville city council to plan a sewer system that would serve both communities. They organized the Long Valley Sewer Improvement District in 1980. The Orderville and Glendale councils also jointly created the Long Valley Fire Department. The two councils have also worked together on summer recreation, holiday celebrations, police protection, and maintenance of a city dump.

Glendale residents have supported clean up efforts and holiday celebrations sponsored by the council. The Glendale council has been mindful of the town's youth and has supported their activities, organized sports teams, and built a ball field. After the Glendale Elementary School closed (1969), the council helped turn the abandoned building into a civic center which has been used for pre-school and senior citizen activities. In the early 1990s Glendale named streets and numbered homes to accommodate 911 service. The council selected and trained a planning commission. Since 1998 the Glendale city council has worked with other Kane County agencies and communities on issues relating to the Grand Staircase National Monument. As a gateway community, Glendale maintains a Monument information booth.


A mayor and city council (originally called town board) provide leadership for Glendale. The mayor, who is elected by general municipal election, is the chief executive officer. He presides over council meetings and supervises all other city affairs. He signs city ordinances and official contracts on behalf of the city. The council functions as a legislative governing body and is responsible for all aspects of community management, such as appointing officials and setting their salaries, levying taxes, establishing a budget, providing for elections, maintaining public services and utilities, and regulating activity within Glendale.


The city council appoints a number of town officers and defines their responsibilities. The original Glendale town board appointed a clerk, a justice of the peace, a health officer, a town marshal, and a water superintendent. The council appointed a fire marshal in 1975 and a beautification committee in 1977. Glendale has sometimes hired a general maintenance man. In 1994 the council appointed a board of adjustments and in 1999 the council created a planning commission.

MAYORS (partial list)
David A. Smith 1935, Mar - 1941, Dec
Charles C. Anderson 1942, Jan -
Merle J. Spencer 1949, Dec - 1953, Dec
James S. Esplin 1954, Jan - 1957, Dec
Howard Spencer 1958, Jan - 1961, Dec
Charles Wilbur Brinkerhoff 1962, Jan - 1970, Jan
Dee E. Porter 1970, Feb - 1973, Dec
Shirl W. Spencer 1974, Jan - 1977, Jan
Cleon Jackson 1978, Feb - 1981, Jan
Dee E. Porter 1982, Feb - 1981, Dec
Kay Barton 1982, Jan -
Eric Brinkerhoff 1992, Feb - 1997, Dec
Lee C. Chamberlain 1998, Jan - 1999, Dec
Bill Spencer 2000, Jan -

Rosemary Cundiff April 2003


Bradley, Martha Sonntag, A History of Kane County. Utah State Historical Society; Kane County Commission (Salt Lake City: 1999).

Glendale (Utah). Council minutes, Utah State Archives, (Series 24195).

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