Jon S. Pierpont has been serving in the Lt. Governor’s Office since July 29, 2020. In this short time, he stepped in temporarily as interim chief of staff and then as a senior advisor to Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox. Prior to the move to the Lt. Governor’s Office, Pierpont served for eight years in Gov. Gary R. Herbert’s cabinet as the executive director of Utah’s Department of Workforce Services. In this role, he oversaw a $1.3 billion annual budget for the department tasked with administering federal and state programs, including workforce development, eligibility for public assistance programs, unemployment insurance and assistance to individuals with disabilities.
While serving as the executive director, Pierpont tackled several key issues for the state such as intergenerational poverty, homelessness and Operation Rio Grande, refugee services,and increasing workforce preparation. The majority of his 29 years of public service has been with Workforce Services where he has served in various leadership roles including deputy director, eligibility services division director and led the department’s largest economic service area. His primary focus has been on ensuring the people of Utah are better served, creating efficiencies and generating cost savings to the taxpayers. Under Pierpont’s direction, the department has saved more than $33 million because of a commitment to effectiveness in state government service delivery.
Pierpont is a graduate of the University of Utah and is highly respected for his strategic and focused approach to public service. A lifelong resident of Utah, Pierpont is the son of former Provo Captain of Police, George Pierpont. He lives in Sandy, Utah, with his wife and takes advantage of opportunities to travel to St. George to visit with his son who is attending Dixie State University.