Jim Winder appointed as Moab’s Chief of Police

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MOAB, Utah (ABC4 News) – Salt Lake County Sheriff and Unified Police Chief Jim Winder was appointed as Moab’s Chief of Police Tuesday morning. 

“Jim is the consummate public safety expert with decades of relevant experience,” said Moab City Mayor Dave Sakrison. “His approach to policing is exactly what Moab needs right now and I am heartened to know he will lead our department into the future.” 

“Moab is a place I’ve visited and admired for many years,” said Winder. With 30 years of experience leading and working for public safety departments in Salt Lake County, Winder stated that he is excited to serve in a dynamic environment with many challenges and opportunities.

The Moab City Council will consider the Mayor’s appointment in June. 

Sheriff Winder gave several reasons for the decision to leave including what was best for his family, and admits the fight over jail space has taken it’s toll, but the sheriff says it was the death of officer Doug Barney just over a year ago which changed his perspective.
Sheriff Winder says he doesn’t plan to stay in the position for more than 60 days, and it will be up to the Democratic Party to select a nominee, which the county council will then vote on.
During his press conference Winder said he wants someone in place who doesn’t plan to run for Sheriff in 2018.
He worries if they do they will be more focused on the election, and fundraising that goes with it.
“What I would hope is that as a community we would say we are 18 months out from an election. Put somebody in here who is going to make the trains run on time,” said Winder. 
Sheriff Winder says he does have someone in mind to recommend for the position, but he doesn’t want to release their name yet.
It’s unclear when the county council will make their decision.

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