Winder to join SLC DA’s office

Outgoing Moab Police Chief Jim Winder has taken a job with the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office as chief of investigations where he will work under the direction of DA Sim Gill.

While Winder told The Times-Independent in an interview held April 1 that he had a couple of enticing job offers, Gill announced his hiring two days later in a press release sent out to Salt Lake-area media.

Winder, according to a report in the Salt Lake Tribune, will lead a team of 13 investigators and support staff. Investigators for prosecutors typically look into cases local law enforcement officers have filed in an effort to gather additional evidence. In some jurisdictions they conduct their own investigations and sometimes work undercover in order to build a case.

Winder came to Moab in July 2017 after 10 years as the Salt Lake County sheriff. While Winder said his only reason for leaving Moab was to spend more time with his family, he was quoted as saying he looked forward to the opportunity of serving Gill and that he couldn’t wait to get started, according to Gill’s press release.