Welcome to the
Utah Sheriffs' Association
It is my profound honor to serve as President of the Utah Sheriffs' Association and I am humbled by the trust placed in me by the other Sheriff's of this state to take the helm of this Association and to move it forward into the coming year.
It is a bitter sweet time for the Association as we bid farewell to numerous retiring Sheriffs who were such integral parts of this incredible association and welcome the next generation of Sheriff 's that will be taking their place. With such a large number of sitting Sheriff 's retiring, we are losing a great deal of historical knowledge about the Association as well as their vast wisdom about the Office of Sheriff. However, the public never fails to elect amazing lawmen to take their place and we look forward to their contributions to this Association in the coming year.
The one thing this Association has always made priority number one is to ensure we are getting cutting edge training out to our deputies as well as other law enforcement. I have every intention to ensure that this remains a top priority of this Association so that our deputies are exactly what our citizens have come to expect; the best trained law enforcement professionals in the state .
Another top priority of the Association is to ensure state lawmakers are informed on how their bills and current laws impact our ability as law enforcement to keep the public safe. With hot button topics such &s medical marijuana , asset forfeiture and justice reform ever present I will continue to make it a priority to see that we have a seat at the table pushing for sensible laws that increase public safety rather than threaten it.
Many counties in our state are facing very rapid growth and with that growth we face new challenges at every turn, however, I look forward to meeting each of these challenges with the backing of the finest lawmen in the state and the citizens we so diligently serve .
Sheriff Paul J. Wimmer , Tooele County
The Utah Sheriffs' Association Announces its new
Executive Director - Scott Burns
I must begin by thanking Sheriff Paul Wimmer, President of our Association, and the Board Members (Sheriffs’ Steve White, Nate Curtis, Chad Jensen, Tracy Glover and Steve White) with whom I interviewed and who saw fit to recommend my name to all 29 Utah Sheriffs to serve as your Executive Director.
I am humbled by this appointment and excited to hit the ground running as I truly believe we can make the Utah Sheriffs’ Association one of the best Sheriffs’ Associations in the country ~ a model for others to look to at a time in America where every aspect of law enforcement, and corrections, is being scrutinized and often criticized. That said, if we stand together and work together, we can accomplish anything as we protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens in our respective counties.
I want to thank my friend Sheriff Aaron D. Kennard (Ret.) for his good work as our Executive Director and I want to tell you that he and I are already working together to ensure a smooth transition. I have known Gary W. DeLand for over 30 years and, while he is a man of few words, he already has me up to my eyeballs reviewing information, prioritizing challenges and battles, and offering to do anything he can to make sure our Sheriffs’ Association builds on the past and kicks down the door to the future ~ and if anyone knows more about corrections, or law enforcement policy and case law, I’d love to meet her or him. I have known, and worked with, Reed Richards since the 1980’s and he is one of the smartest attorneys I’ve ever known, and he also happens to be just a great person; Reed has committed to show me the ropes on Capitol Hill and knowing Reed, he will be there for the Sheriffs’ Association whenever and wherever asked. Helen Spann, I don’t have to tell the Sheriffs, is a national treasure ~ Helen and I have already met a number of times (stationary changed, cards, bank account, scheduling, vision for the future, roles and expectations, etc.) and I’m telling you, she is sharp, and she is beyond loyal to every man and woman in Utah law enforcement and corrections. With President Wimmer and the Board, with Gary, Reed and Helen, and with the help and support of our 29 elected Sheriffs and everyone reading this message, we cannot fail.
I want to work hard to expand membership and participation, ensure that current and relevant training opportunities are available, make certain that our folks have the most current equipment and technology out there, be present and relevant during the legislative session to make certain that our voice and priorities are heard, and action taken, and all of this in order to keep our citizens safe and keep our officers safe.
I suppose I am to use this message to introduce myself for those of you who don’t know me, and I’ve never liked this part of assuming a new position as I’m not sure how anyone does this without sounding self-serving or arrogant but a brief bio is Iron County Attorney from 1987 – 2002 ; served President George W. Bush as the Deputy Drug Czar from 2002 – 2009, twice unanimously confirmed by the US Senate; while serving as Deputy Drug Czar, I also served as America’s Sports Minister as we dealt with “doping in sports”; selected as the Executive Director of the National District Attorneys Association from 2009 – 2014 therein representing the interests of American’s 2,500+ elected District and County Attorneys and some 39,000 Deputy Prosecutors; and in 2014 I made the leap of leaving Washington, D.C. to open a private law practice in Cedar City, consult for a company or two … and take the best job I’ve ever had, Piute County Attorney, aka working for Sheriff Marty Gleave. My Dad, the Honorable Judge J. Harlan Burns was a District Attorney and then District Judge, back in the day when there were true “Districts” in Utah (counties he served were Juab, Millard, Beaver, Iron and Washington) and I travelled with him when I was very young … I basically grew up in the Courtrooms of this state and so you can see why I am so honored and excited to serve as Executive Director of this great Association.
I look forward to meeting the newly elected Sheriffs, catching-up with other Sheriffs I’ve known for decades, meeting staff and deputies and corrections officers from across the State and then doing everything I can to serve “you” as “your” Executive Director.