Sheriff Jared Rigby no longer considered for POST Director after alleged bullying and intimidation
WASATCH COUNTY, Utah — As of January 31, Wasatch County Sheriff Jared Rigby is no longer eligible for the state-appointed Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Director after a FOX13 investigation revealed video footage of Rigby allegedly bullying and intimidating at least one police officer. This occurred days before the swearing-in ceremony.
The video footage is from Rigby’s use-of-force investigation into Heber City Police Chief Dave Booth. The footage was reviewed by Department of Public Safety Commissioner Jess Anderson and Governor Spencer Cox, who indefinitely pushed back the ceremony.
Peers including Chiefs of Police and other Sheriffs voted to rescind Rigby’s appointment to the position. The POST Director position is charged with leading 9,000 Utah police officers and deputies.
Last year, Scott Stephenson retired from the POST Director position, prompting the initial search for a new candidate that led to Rigby. The state will now start a new candidate search to fill the position.
Sheriff Rigby stated weeks prior his intentions of filing a lawsuit against the state for violating hiring and employment laws,” according to FOX13.
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