Welcome to the Utah Sheriffs' Association
It is my profound honor to serve as President of the Utah Sheriff’s 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 as 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
A Message from Aaron D. Kennard
Executive Director of the Utah Sheriffs' Association
It has been a great honor to have served the Utah Sheriffs' Association and members, like you, throughout this year.
Returning to Utah after being the Executive Director at the National Sheriffs' Association has truly been a wonderful experience and above all I thank you for your membership to the Association. Your participation as a member makes our Association stronger.
With that said, it is bittersweet that I must tell you I will be retiring at the end of this 2018 year as Executive Director. The board at the Utah Sheriffs’ Association however is as strong as ever and will continue to resolve the day to day challenges we face as a united front. There is nothing that the Utah Sheriffs’ Association cannot handle and solve together!
In closing, I want to encourage you to continue to put your trust in the Utah Sheriffs’ Association so that they can keep providing the much needed resources for our law enforcement to stay up-to-date on their training, allow our Utahan youth to succeed in educational opportunities by providing Scholarships, and encourage our legislature to fight for what is truly important to our citizens.
Thank you again for being a member of the Utah Sheriffs’ Association – my thanks will never be enough.
Sheriff Aaron D. Kennard (Ret.)
Executive Director, Utah Sheriffs’ Association