Press Release: Better Utah response to Kerry Gibson audit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 18, 2020

Salt Lake City, UT – In response to a state audit of the Department of Agriculture under Kerry Gibson’s short tenure which showed improper use of public resources and expressed concerns about how medical cannabis licenses were handed out, Katie Matheson, communications director from Alliance for a Better Utah issued the following statement: 

“While this is a tough example of how an individual’s—or group of individuals’—worst impulses can rob the public of both resources and trust, it’s also a great example of a functioning government rooting out corruption within its own ranks. During this stressful time, Utahns need to trust the government that serves them, and we applaud Governor Herbert and the State Auditor’s Office for their swift work on this matter and helping maintain that trust.  

“The Department of Agriculture should absolutely follow the recommendations made by the audit and seek repayment for misused resources.”

The Salt Lake Tribune originally broke this story. 


Alliance for a Better Utah is a nonprofit that holds politicians accountable and advocates for progressive policies that make Utah an even better place. The organization improves the lives of all Utahns through advocacy, transparency, and accountability in Utah politics, policy, and government. More information at

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