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Weber Commissioner Gibson says he won't be charged with any crime

Saturday , April 14, 2018 - 12:19 PM

Weber County Commissioner Kerry Gibson becomes emotional after announcing that Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings had declined to press charges. Gibson made the announcement Saturday, April 14, 2018, during the Weber County Republican Party 2018 Nominating Convention at Weber High School.

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Weber County Commissioner Kerry Gibson becomes emotional after announcing that Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings had declined to press charges. Gibson made the announcement Saturday, April 14, 2018, during the Weber County Republican Party 2018 Nominating Convention at Weber High School.

KYLE HANSEN and Tim Vandenack
Standard-Examiner

Editor’s note: This story was updated at 4:45 p.m. with more information.

OGDEN — Weber County Commissioner Kerry Gibson says that Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings has declined to press charges against him after an Ogden Police investigation.

Gibson made the announcement Saturday, April 14, at the county GOP convention.

"My Attorney has told me that Davis County has screened the material from Ogden PD and County Attorney Rawlings has declined the case,” Gibson later shared in a statement. “I am happy that this decision has been made and now I can move forward to restore my reputation. I have said from the beginning that of course I have done nothing wrong and fully expected that the investigation would reveal no wrongdoing on my part. This decision confirms that.”

Ogden police officials last December confirmed they were investigating Gibson, but they haven’t provided any details about the nature of the inquiry. The Standard-Examiner reported earlier this week the investigation was prompted, at least in part, from concerns that county employees had carried out work on property owned by the Gibson family’s business, according to a former county official.

Weber County Attorney Chris Allred asked Davis County officials to review the Ogden Police Department’s work given the relationship the Weber County Attorney’s Office has with county government offices here, including the Weber County Commission.

News of the police investigation emerged soon after Gibson announced plans on Dec. 12 to step down as commissioner to take a top slot in the Utah Department of Natural Resources as a deputy director. The western Weber County dairy farmer and former state representative now finishing his second term as county commissioner put those plans on hold, but also said he would not run for re-election. 

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Peter Stirba, Gibson's lawyer, contacted Saturday afternoon, said he learned in the course of last week that Rawlings had completed the review of the Ogden Police Department investigation and didn't plan to pursue the matter.

"He's declining to do anything or file anything," Stirba said.

Rawlings didn't provide any details on his decision "and I did not ask him," Stirba said.

He's happy for his client, Stirba said, and he understands Gibson will now pursue the deputy director post with the Utah Department of Natural Resources he announced he would take last December, before news of the Ogden police probe emerged.

"He wants to move forward and he wants to move on with his life and hopefully that's with the state of Utah," Stirba said. "I think he'll be excellent for the state of Utah."

James Ebert, also a Weber County commissioner, declined comment, saying "the process is the process." Jim Harvey, the third county commissioner, did not immediately respond to a query seeking comment, nor did Rawlings.


All of the Standard-Examiner’s coverage so far of the Kerry Gibson investigation

Dec. 13, 2017: Police investigation into Weber County Commissioner Kerry Gibson revealed

Dec. 15, 2017: Weber County commissioners shuffled duties before news of a police inquiry

Dec. 15, 2017: Weber County Commissioner Gibson denies wrongdoing, says he'll stay in post

Jan. 23: As Gibson police probe continues, Utah DNR head remains supportive

Feb. 21: Gibson backers, officials say river project handled properly as probe continues

March 1: Kerry Gibson police probe done, Davis County Attorney's Office handling review

March 15: Weber Co. Commissioner Gibson won't run again, 2 others file to run for post

April 10: Weber County roads employees' charges led to GIbson probe, ex-official says