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Auditor: Embattled Official Did Not Manage Office's Finances

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Utah's auditor says in a report that it appears the embattled former Salt Lake County recorder has not overseen his office's finances since 2014.

The report backs up an investigation last year that found Gary Ott had little overnight or involvement in his office's activities.

Ott is being treated in a medical facility and his family is serving as his legal guardians. He resigned his office Tuesday in a court-approved deal his family struck with county officials.

His family has declined to detail his medical condition but court documents say he has "mental incapacity that is not temporary in nature."

County officials could not force Ott to resign but worried he was being manipulated by his staff, including an aide who was also identified as Ott's girlfriend.

Utah's auditor says the aide's hiring may have violated county nepotism rules.