Roger Carter

Roger Carter joins the Strategic Partnerships, Inc. (SPI) Consulting Team with decades of experience in municipal government, utility services, academics, and governmental relations. For the past two decades, he has served as city manager to communities in Utah.

Roger’s government experience began over 30 years ago when he held advisory roles related to state and federal relationships, particularly in land use, partnerships, and policy. He successfully negotiated agreements between city, county, and federal authorities on endangered species issues, land use designations, utility issues, and more.

In 2001, Roger became the city manager for Santaquin, Utah. During his time in Santaquin, he had oversight of the city’s budget and was able to secure millions of dollars in federal grants for infrastructure improvements. Additionally, Roger led the community through several natural disasters.

In 2004, Roger moved to Washington City, Utah, to become the city manager. The city was consistently ranked as one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the United States. During his tenure, Roger established the city’s first police division, managed an ever-growing budget, and acquired hundreds of millions in revenue for much-needed infrastructure improvements.

Roger acquired a vast knowledge of utilities from working with public utilities for 25 years, primarily in gas and electricity. Roger served for 16 years on the board of directors for the Utah Association of Municipal Power Associations and most recently as an advocate for the development of small-modular nuclear reactor technology.

In 2017, Roger was appointed by the U.S. federal judiciary to oversee the municipal restructuring of two communities under a federal injunctive order. His oversight responsibilities included law enforcement, public utilities, land use, and governance.

After serving as an adjunct professor for nine years, he became a full-time faculty member of the public administration program at Southern Utah University in 2020. His research and writing primarily focuses on networks, strategic partnerships, community trust, and social capital.

He has a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in public policy analysis and a master’s degree in public administration. Additionally, he has completed a doctoral program.

Roger’s expertise in governmental relations and utility operations will benefit SPI clients wishing to do business in those sectors.