- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 29, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, whose term expires next week, has given his farewell speech as governor in a prerecorded video.

The 10-minute speech released Monday called on state residents to “work together in a spirit of common decency and mutual respect” and addressed the difficulties the pandemic has caused the state, the Deseret News reported.

“Each of us have faced challenges, whether psychologically, economically or emotionally,” Herbert said. “This is not an easy time for anyone. And we all look for the day when health and social normalcy can be restored.”

“If there was ever a time where we need collaboration and cooperation, it is now,” he added.

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox is scheduled to be inaugurated as Utah’s next governor on Jan. 4.

Herbert called serving as the state’s governor the greatest honor and privilege of his professional life.

“It has been an improbable journey for me, and I have not taken a single moment of this experience for granted,” Herbert said. “I am truly grateful for the trust you have placed in me through my years of service.”

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