Weber County chief deputy to seek sheriff's post, becomes 7th hopeful

Saturday , March 03, 2018 - 5:00 AM3 comments

NORTH OGDEN — Kevin Burns, a longtime Weber County Sheriff’s Office employee who currently oversees the county jail, plans to run for sheriff.

He’s the seventh person to declare plans to run for the post, which will be vacated by two-term Sheriff Terry Thompson, who isn’t seeking re-election.

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The North Ogden man will seek a spot on the June 26 Republican ballot at the Weber County Republican Party convention April 14.

Seeking the top law enforcement post wasn’t something Burns, 52, considered until he attended a training session at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, last year.

The 10-week FBI session “got me excited about trying some different things,” said Burns, who joined the sheriff’s office in 1991 and currently serves as chief deputy of corrections. He wants to bring “some different energy to the sheriff’s office.”

One key concern, Burns said, is retaining deputies, preventing turnover brought on by availability of better pay in other law enforcement agencies and other factors. Other issues of note, he said, are fighting opioid abuse and overdoses and dealing with poverty. 

Burns, making his first bid for elective office, has served as patrol deputy, commander and more in his tenure at the Weber County Sheriff’s Office.

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The other candidates, all GOPers, are Adrian Eads, Matt Bell, Troy Arrowsmith, Ryan Arbon, Wayne Smith and David MacInnes. The general election is Nov. 6.

Lane Findlay, the Weber School District spokesman who formerly served in the sheriff’s department, had previously said he was considering a bid for sheriff but has decided not to run after all.

Contact reporter Tim Vandenack at tvandenack@standard.net, follow him on Twitter at @timvandenack or like him on Facebook at Facebook.com/TimVandenackReporter.

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