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I just read an article in the Salt Lake Tribune about the appointment of Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder to be Moab’s next police chief. Of particular note was the following paragraph:

“The sheriff on Tuesday evening was confirmed, 5-0, by the Moab City Council to become the bustling tourist city’s new police chief, effective July 1. The council vote authorized City Manager David Everitt to negotiate a contract and a base salary of up to $150,000 for Winder, which would nearly match his $151,563 base salary as sheriff. The salary range for Moab police chief tops out at $132,273.”

Recent census from 2010, sets the population of Salt Lake County at over 1 million (1,000,000) people. The city of Moab was 5,046 people and the Grand County total was 9,225.

Though the new chief of police is highly qualified, how can you justify his proposed salary with his very reduced duties? Nice early retirement for him at our taxpayers’ expense.

Even if the Moab Police Department was merged with the Grand County Sheriff’s Office you wouldn’t come near the total population served in Salt Lake County. Has this ever been discussed?

In addition, the serious crime rate in Moab doesn’t come anywhere near the level of Salt Lake County’s.

Scratching my head.

—Bob Read


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