Mayor Terry Palmer
Term of Office: Jan. 2014-Jan. 2018
Terry graduated from high school while living in a small farming community in northeastern Arizona. After high school he served his church for two years in Brazil, and then graduated from the University of Arizona in political science and economics.
After graduation, Terry worked for a life insurance 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 and his young family moved to Syracuse and has lived there ever since. In February 1981, he set up his own property and casualty insurance agency and has built the insurance agency to be a recognized force in northern Utah.
Terry became a scoutmaster in 1988 and is still actively involved in scouting. 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.
Because Terry loves 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 served as a county or state delegate at the Republican Convention several times, served as the chairman of the Republican Party Ethics Committee, served on the Davis County economics council for Mayor Panucci, and was on the Syracuse board of Adjustments for 10 years.
Terry is very service oriented and has been involved with Kiwanis International for 20 years, including being club president twice. At church, he serves in the stake young men’s presidency.
As the mayor of Syracuse, Terry is the Chief Executive Officer, presides at the meetings of the City Council, and gives direction to the City Manager. His duties include enforcing the laws and ordinances of the city, and reporting the needs and condition of the city to the Council. He meets with citizens to hear their concerns, questions and comments. Terry serves on the Council of Governments for Davis County, where he is on the transportation committee. He is the Honorary Commander to the 348th Medical Corp., Hill Air Force Base. He initiated “Lunch with the Mayor” and has had all of the schools participate. Terry set up a city emergency preparedness committee and he enjoys holding town hall meetings.
Terry and his wife, Diane, have lived in Syracuse since 1976 and have five children and 18 grandchildren. They have seen the population of Syracuse grow from 2,000 to 28,000 and they love the people here. They enjoy the weather, the flat land, and the towering mountains. Syracuse is a great place to raise a family.