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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.
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.
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.
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