Mayor Michele Randall

Mayor RandallAbout Mayor Randall

Michele Randall was appointed the 33rd Mayor of St. George on January 19, 2021 during a special City Council meeting, becoming the first female mayor in the history of St. George. She was elected to her first full term as Mayor in November of 2021.

“St. George is an amazing place to live and we want to keep it that way,” Mayor Randall said. “I’ve lived in St George since 1978. I’ve attended schools here. I’ve raised my family here and now my children are raising their families here. I’ve been a small business owner. As our city continues to grow I want to always maintain the community spirit, or as some of us refer to as the Dixie Spirit, that is inviting, charitable and kind, where everyone feels at home.”

Twice elected to the St. George City Council, Michele serves as the liaison to the St. George Police Department and St. George Fire Department, as well as on the board of directors for many civic groups and non-profit organizations. The organizations include:

  • Utah League of Cities and Towns
  • Utah Homeless Council
  • Doctors’ Volunteer Clinic
  • Washington County Solid Waste
  • St. George Musical Theater
  • Dixie Transportation Executive Council
  • Washington County Water Conservancy District Board
  • Dixie Center Board

Michele and her husband Tony are the parents of four and grandparents of eleven.

Mayor Randall’s term ends in January 2026.

By Mayor Michele Randall

Did you hear the news?

Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings (S&P) recently completed two credit reviews of the City of St. George. We were elated with the results, because these new ratings are sure to stretch taxpayer dollars even further.

The City of St. George received a AA+ credit rating on the city’s anticipated $15.2 million (estimated proceeds) general obligation bond issuance for the 2023 Trails, Parks and Recreation G.O. Bond. As part of its evaluation S&P also reviewed the credit rating the City received on the sales tax bond issued in 2023 for the City Hall project. S&P informed the City it would receive a credit upgrade — to a AAA credit rating — on that issuance.

The AAA credit rating is the best an organization can receive.

This is awesome news for St. George and a clear indicator of our economy and fiduciary strength. It is unprecedented in our history to receive a AAA bond rating and there are only a handful of similar credit ratings across the state.

“The rating reflects the city’s very strong local economy that has demonstrated continued population and economic growth,” the S&P report stated. “Overall sales tax revenue collections have experienced year-over-year growth, and consumer spending has remained resilient despite increased inflationary pressures. Notably, sales tax revenues did not decline during either the pandemic or the last three fiscal years.”

It's great to have the rating, but how does this help us save money? Well, recently, the City of St. George closed on the first tranche of debt issuance for the voter-approved Trails, Parks and Recreation General Obligation Bond (G.O. Bond). The true interest cost was significantly lower than anticipated — saving approximately $400,000 in interest expense over the life of these bonds. Our sacred taxpayer funds will go even further now!

Without the long hours spent on planning, organizing and preparation by members of the City’s Budget and Finance Team — including City staff and elected officials — we would not have been in such a great position to save our taxpayers money. When the voters overwhelmingly approved the G.O. Bond back in November, it became our task to not only carry out the projects that the bond funded, but to do so in a way that is consistent with our conservative budgeting practices.

We look forward to these projects that will undoubtedly enrich the lives of our residents for years to come — projects made possible by taxpayer funds that are managed impeccably by City staff and elected officials.

Mayor’s Message ISG Spring 2024
Message - Inside St. George Spring 2024

The message from St. George residents was loud and clear as a resounding 63 percent of voters approved the General Obligation Trails, Parks and Recreation Bond (G.O. Bond) on the November ballot. Your mandate was clear: expand and maintain the outdoor recreation opportunities available in St. George.

What’s next with the bond? The $29 million in bond money will be issued in two installments over the next several years — which means its time to get to work. Here is an update on a few of the projects.

Sunbowl renovations
The historic Dixie Sunbowl has a special place in our heart. It’s easy to reminisce about warm evenings at the Dixie Roundup Rodeo, with cowboys riding saddle broncs and the smell of barbecued burgers wafting through the air.

It’s an iconic venue that needs additional, major improvements for it to become the economically viable, year-round facility we all envision. This includes new bleachers and a post-tension concrete floor to allow for a wider variety of events and greater usage. The design phase is in progress and we are excited about the possibilities.

New parks
Long awaited to serve the community just north of SunRiver, Las Colinas Park is in the designed phase right now and will have many great amenities. In addition to having a larger playground area than in most of our neighborhood parks, there will also be a dog park within the park — with space for our larger and smaller friends. This dog park will serve the southwestern portion of our city.

With input from the community, we are excited about the possibilities at Curly Hollow Park, just off Tonaquint Drive. The vision is for it to be an adventure-themed community park geared toward teens and pre-teens, with possibilities for climbing, paddle boarding, skateboarding, tennis and pickleball. This park is also in the design phase.

Playground replacement
The equipment used in an average playground is expected to last between 10 and 15 years, yet we have playground equipment in commission that was installed in the early 1990s. With that longevity comes challenges. One, is that parts are no longer made for the older playground sets. Another problem: These older playgrounds were not designed to be inclusive of people with disabilities.

Playgrounds cost on average $500,000 dollars to replace with new equipment, shade and soft fall surfacing. We have identified eight parks throughout the City that will receive new playground equipment. You will start to see them replaced beginning this year.

As always, we strive to get every bit of value out of sacred taxpayer money. We will leverage the G.O. Bond funds with RAP Tax money, grants and parks impact fees to get the best possible value in serving you.