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Heber City police chief returns to work after independent investigation

Heber City's police chief has returned from administrative leave after an independent review found allegations against him to be "be baseless and without merit," the city's mayor said in a statement Monday.

Heber City's police chief has returned from administrative leave after an independent review found allegations against him to be "be baseless and without merit," the city's mayor said in a statement Monday. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)



HEBER CITY — Heber City's police chief has returned from administrative leave after an independent review found allegations against him to be "be baseless and without merit," the city's mayor said in a statement Monday.

Police Chief Dave Booth was placed on administrative leave pending investigation in July. The independent review by the Utah Department of Public Safety and Wasatch County Sheriff's Office was initiated in response to an internal complaint against Booth. Details surrounding the nature of that complaint have not been released.

Heber City Mayor Kelleen Potter announced the investigation in July in a prepared statement but didn't specify what the complaint was or how long Booth had been on leave.

Following the initial announcement about the investigation, Potter emphasized that all complaints are taken seriously but the chief had never given a reason to question his competency and performance — a sentiment she echoed following the investigation's findings.

"He has earned admiration throughout Heber City and the Heber Valley as a competent, compassionate leader and is a substantive and contributing citizen. We are grateful for his contributions, both past and forthcoming," Potter said in the statement.

Potter added that it was a privilege to have independent resources to conduct unbiased investigations.

"Heber City Municipal proudly supports the Heber City Police Department and believes that Heber City has one of the finest Police Forces in the nation. Heber City also believes in individual accountability and justice – regardless of position, office, or tenure within the organization," Potter said in the statement.

Booth's public service record includes over 30 years in the Vernal, Park City, Summit County and Heber Valley communities. He was the recipient of the 2019 Chief of the Year Award by the Utah Chiefs Association and has been Heber City's police chief since 2012.

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