- Associated Press - Friday, October 14, 2016

MURRAY, Utah (AP) - Republican leaders in Salt Lake County have voted to censure the county recorder’s chief deputy, who is accused of manipulating him and covering up his mental health status.

Officials have been concerned about County Recorder Gary Ott’s mental capacity. The 64-year-old Ott, an elected Republican, struggled to answer basic questions when he appeared before the county council last week.

The local Republican Party said in a news release that Ott’s chief deputy, Julie Dole, made false statements in a deliberate attempt to convince people that Ott is fit to do his job.

Dole told The Salt Lake Tribune that she believes the vote was an attempt to publicly embarrass her. She says she’s not qualified to assess Ott’s well-being.

The censure doesn’t include any actionable punishment.

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