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New Centerville City Councilmember anxious to serve

Feb 01, 2024 10:19AM ● By Linda Petersen
Brian Plummer, pictured with his family, wants to preserve Centerville’s rich heritage while building for the future.  Courtesy photo/Brian Plummer

Brian Plummer, pictured with his family, wants to preserve Centerville’s rich heritage while building for the future. Courtesy photo/Brian Plummer

When Brian Plummer was 10 and his dad Dave moved the family to Centerville from Minnesota, he was mad. He didn’t want to leave his friends and certainly didn’t want to like this new town. Eventually Plummer got over his angst, was won over by the community and even fell in love with a local girl, Amy Christison. He grew to love Centerville so much that now he has chosen to serve that community as one of its newest city council members. 

When they first came to Centerville, the Plummer family moved to a new subdivision Willow Farm Estates on the north side of town where there were lots of other young families new to the area and lots of wildlife in the surrounding area. 

“I was not 100 percent on board, but when I moved here and I got here, I discovered that it was just a really fun place to be,” Plummer said. “We moved into an area in Centerville that was really undeveloped and so I just loved it because we were around so much wildlife.” 

Plummer attended local elementary schools, Centerville Jr. High and then Viewmont High School. After graduation he attended Snow College where he got an associate degree in general studies and then enrolled at Southern Utah University where he obtained a bachelor’s in political science with a minor in history. 

After college Plummer moved to Oakland, Calif.  where he worked as a sales rep. and then in a bank. But when his brother Joshua passed away in 2001, he knew he wanted to be around family and to return to Utah.

“I stopped everything, and I moved back to Salt Lake City, and I moved in with a couple of brothers that were here in the city,” he said “We just wanted to be together. At that time, it was kind of a mourning period, and it was good that we were together.”

Plummer quickly got a sales job but before long, feeling something was missing, he began to look around for other opportunities.

“What I really felt like I wanted to do in my life was help people that needed it,” he said. 

A job as a paraprofessional at a Salt Lake City School District elementary filled that need and Plummer went on to certify as a special ed teacher and to work in the district for six years. During that time, he met his future wife Amy, and in 2007 they decided to move back to Centerville and to raise their  family – Raelyn, now 16, Zadek, 12 and Maddix, 8 – here. Plummer transferred to the Vista School in Farmington. 

“I just absolutely loved that job, and it was a great place to be,” he said. “The people were wonderful; I loved the mission that we were on there.” 

During that time Plummer earned a Master of Business Administration, and in 2015 realized he wanted to do more, he said. “I had really wanted to utilize my MBA. I felt like if it was going to happen, it had to be now or never, and so I resigned from the school district, and I set out on a path to find my place in the business world.”

Plummer attended Stringham College and obtained his real estate license and worked for Keller Williams for a year. He subsequently became an appraiser. During the pandemic he worked remotely but found it was not for him. So when things opened up again, he applied for a position with the Davis County Assessor’s office, and he was hired. Currently he is the commercial team lead there. 

From 2014 to 2021 Plummer was a member of the Centerville Landmarks Commission. 

“I love history; I've always had an affinity for places and things that hold a lot of historical value,” he said. “I looked at Centerville, and I felt like I could help preserve something that needed preserving.”

Plummer feels that with his unique career and life experience he has much to offer Centerville by serving on the city council. 

“I see myself as somebody that understands where Centerville was, and hopefully where Centerville wants to be going forward, where tradition is important and the culture is important… but understanding that we need to prepare for the future as well,” he said. “I know that our ancestors made a lot of sacrifices and that’s something that we honor and respect and hopefully we’re going to be willing to do some of that ourselves as we try to create a similar future for our children or our grandchildren.”

Plummer sees Centerville’s greatest challenge as managing growth not just within the city, but also within Davis County and the state at large. “It's managing that properly and ensuring that we’re able to maintain our identity as Centerville.”

Listening to the residents of Centerville is very important for city leaders in being able to accomplish this, he said. “We need to look at growth and development in a balanced and equitable way and of course we want to honor property, property owners wishes and rights. But we also want to encourage growth in a very constructive and disciplined way where we’re not putting undue pressure on our infrastructure, and our schools and the community at large.”