On February 12, Greg Stevens, Orem’s city attorney, is due to leave the city as he is retiring from more than two decades of service to his community. On that day, Heather Schriever will take his place and become the first woman to lead the city’s legal department.
Schriever has worked as the city attorney’s assistant for almost 11 years and said she learned a lot from her time under Stevens’ guidance.
“I have Greg’s biggest shoes to fill,” said Schriever. “He has such a smooth, calm demeanor and is undisputed in negotiations.”
City Manager Jamie Davidson also praised Stevens for his exceptional contributions.
“Greg has been an invaluable resource and aid to the city throughout his career,” said Davidson. “He is a respected professional who has always put the interests and needs of the city first in all his work.”
“I’ll miss his advice, his advice and his friendship,” added Davidson. “Greg will retire, leaving a legacy and a variety of work that will benefit the city for many, many years to come.”
Schriever said she looks forward to working on making the city of Orem an even bigger place to live.
“I like going to work in the morning and know that I am helping the community,” said Schriever.
While some lawyers were advocating the choice of the lower-paying jobs, Schriever conceded this, saying, “We do it (really) for the love of public service.”
Schriever has a legal team that consists of four public prosecutors, two public prosecutors, three administrative employees and a processor.
“As a city, we’re delighted that Heather has accepted the opportunity to serve as our new city attorney,” said Davidson. “She brings a tremendous amount of energy and new ideas to the job while also working to build on the work of Greg and all of the legal staff.”
“As a professional, she is not new to town or to the local legal community as she has worked for Orem for 10 years and is already recognized by her peers as a talented executive and colleague,” added Davidson.
Schriever said she was taking the reins during an interesting learning curve with the pandemic.
“It changed the way we could be prosecuted,” said Schriever.
Almost everything is done over the internet and there are no legal proceedings.
“The real challenge will be the backlog,” said Schriever. “We have no indication of when the trials will start again.”
She assumes that it could take two to three years for the backlog to get back to normal.
Until then, Schriever will continue to advise and work with the department heads, participate in state legislation, and perform other tasks included in their job description.
“Orem is a well-oiled family,” said Schriever. “We are well run and have great city management. The residents are always in the foreground. “
Schriever said she looks forward to serving the residents of the city she loves.