Cottonwood Heights GIS Specialist Sato Retires

Cottonwood Heights GIS Specialist Sato Retires
Posted on 04/01/2019

Cottonwood Heights Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist Kevin Sato is retiring this spring, following a long and distinguished career.

Sato began his professional career in 1976 working for the Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities as a full-time hourly Asbuilt Drafter. He added new water mains based on survey notes to linen using ink pens and Leroy lettering templates.

Over the years, Sato adapted to changing technology, up to and including current GIS software.

Sato’s career includes stops at Murray City in 1996, where he worked until his first retirement in 2007. Shortly after, Sato joined the team at Cottonwood Heights. 

His “15 minutes of fame” came in the summer of 2005 when he was invited to speak before 12,000 GIS peers as a part of the International ESRI Users Conference Plenary session.

Sato has been an active member of the GIS community involved with several local and regional groups. In 1997, he became the first chair of the Utah Geographic Information Council (UGIC), and served there as chair or vice chair until 2014.

Sato has also been an active member of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) since 1997. Serving on both the Marketing and Exemplary Systems in Government (ESIG) Award committees.

In 2008, Sato served on the GIScorp Core committee.

The staff, officials and business owners owe a great debt of gratitude to Sato for his service in Cottonwood Heights. He has been instrumental in many planning, historic and emergency preparedness projects over the years.

He will be missed.