Mayor Terry Palmer

Term of Office: Jan. 2014-Jan. 2018


Terry was born and raised in a small farming community in northeastern Arizona where he learned hard work and persistence in his early years.  After high school, he served his church for two years in Brazil, and then studied political science and economics at the University of Arizona, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Education.

After his university graduation, Terry worked for a sales company in Arizona. A year later, in 1973, he was transferred to Utah and promoted to District Manager, continuing his sales and management career over the next eight years.  Three years after arriving in Utah, Terry moved to Syracuse and has lived here ever since.  In February 1981, he set up his own property and casualty insurance agency and has built the agency to be a recognized force in northern Utah.

In the mid-1980s Terry started working in the scouting program and is still actively involved.  He was the Gateway District training chairman in 1990 and later received the District Award of Merit.  He has been Wood Badge trained and worked as a counselor on the Wood Badge staff.  In 2004, he received the Silver Beaver Award.  He loves working with youth.

Terry has always been on a path of personal growth and loves new challenges. He is an avid reader and enjoys taking character building courses.  In 1997, Terry took the Dale Carnegie Course “How to Win Friends and Influence People.”  After completion, he was an instructor for nine years, helping hundreds complete the course and improve their lives.

Because Terry enjoys politics and has a great love of this country with a desire to support and sustain our inspired constitution, he has been involved in city and county politics for 30 years.  He has served as a county or state delegate at the Republican Convention several times and is currently a Precinct Chair. He served on the Davis County Economics Council for Mayor Panucci in 2002 and 2003 and was also on the Syracuse Board of Adjustments for 10 years ending July 2012.

Terry and his wife, Diane, have lived in Syracuse since 1976 and have five children and 18 grandchildren.  His family is very important to him and he enjoys visiting his children and grandchildren.

As mayor of Syracuse, Terry considers himself a servant of the citizens.