Riverton City hires new police chief

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RIVERTON (ABC4 News) – Riverton City announced the person selected to oversee the formation of the new Riverton Police Department.

Chief Don Hutson was appointed by Mayor Trent Staggs and confirmed by a unanimous vote of the Riverton City Council.

Riverton City hires Don Hutson to lead the formation of the Riverton Police Department. Photo: Riverton City 

“The opportunity of starting a police department from the ground up is something that I couldn’t pass up,” said Hutson. 

Hutson serves currently as the City of Holladay precinct chief in the Unified Police Department (UPD), a role he has held since 2015. Prior to serving as precinct chief, Hutson served in a variety of roles with UPD and the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

Hutson, who was selected out of a pool of nearly 60 candidates, will begin work as chief of police in Riverton shortly after the new year. At that time, he will begin putting in place plans for the city to launch the new police department in a six-month period.

“Now that a chief has been selected, we look forward to getting very aggressive in putting our new department together,” said Staggs. “We invite the best and brightest police officers from around Utah to consider applying for service within the Riverton Police Department when positions become available over the next several months, including those who have provided exceptional service to our community in the past.”

It is anticipated that the Riverton Police Department will take over full law enforcement service in Riverton from Unified Police Department in July of 2019.

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