New Utah County sheriff, Michael Smith, sworn in

Aug 22, 2018, 8:21 AM
Judge Darold J. McDade shakes the hand of Michael Smith after Smith is sworn in as the new Utah Cou...
Judge Darold J. McDade shakes the hand of Michael Smith after Smith is sworn in as the new Utah County sheriff, while Smith's wife, Brenda Smith, and Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Spencer Cannon look on, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, in Provo. (Photo: Megan Thackrey, KSL)
(Photo: Megan Thackrey, KSL)

PROVO — There’s a new sheriff in town – Utah County to be specific.

Michael Smith, a former officer and chief with the Pleasant Grove Police Department, is looking forward to his new job.

“It’s exciting, it’s a little intimidating,” says Smith. “There’s a big job to be done.”

Smith’s appointment comes after former sheriff, Jim Tracy, announced his resignation at a county commission meeting last month. He feels that his experience brings a new perspective to the Utah County Sheriff’s Office. He says he wants to work closer with the community, and get involved in a population often forgotten.

“Just think outside the box and have more community involvement with the jail, with our inmates, and rehabilitation,” says Smith.

Smith also wants to change attitudes toward working in law enforcement.

“I’m here to tell you that it’s a noble profession,” says Smith. “We want to make sure we’re bringing the best recruits we can to law enforcement and we’re retaining them. There’s work to be done there.”

Smith says he also plans to roll out an ‘honorary colonel program’ in the next month as a way for citizens to assist the sheriff’s office.

Smith was sworn in Tuesday at the Historic Provo Courthouse.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Today’s Top Stories


North Park Police is investigating a bomb threat Friday afternoon at a Walmart in North Logan. Shut...
Mark Jones

No bomb found after threat is made at North Logan Walmart

North Park Police are investigating a bomb threat at a North Logan Walmart on Friday afternoon.
1 day ago
comfort electric...
Alexandrea Bonilla

Uber bringing electric vehicle service to Salt Lake City

For Earth Month, Uber is expanding their Comfort Electric service to Salt Lake City giving riders the ability to request an electric vehicle.
1 day ago
Black History Month is a good time to learn about the Lagoon amusement park, and how it was one of ...
Elizabeth Weiler

Lagoon postpones opening one more week

Just one more delay as Lagoon Amusement Park gears up to open just in time for next weekend complete with easter festivites.
1 day ago
Utah population growth...
Allessandra Harris

Utah’s growth rate is slowing, yet exurb counties continue to grow

The newest numbers from the US Census Bureau were released, and Utah's growth rate is lower than usual.
1 day ago
Crashes and avalanches are impacting canyon travel as another round of snow arrived in northern Ut...
Carter Williams

Snow impacts travel in Utah; Park City schools closed

Park City School District officials said all its schools are closed Friday, while Layton Christian Academy switched to remote learning.
1 day ago
One week after his heart stopped during football practice, Utah State University freshman wide rece...
Peter Johnston

Utah State University wide receiver Josh Davis thanks the trainers that kept him alive

Davis collapsed from non-traumatic sudden cardiac arrest one week ago during USU's spring practice at Maverik Stadium.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Cheerful young woman writing an assignment while sitting at desk between two classmates during clas...
BYU EMBA at the Marriott School of Business

Hear it Firsthand: 6 Students Share Their Executive MBA Experience at BYU’s Marriott School of Business

The Executive MBA program at BYU offers great opportunities. Hear experiences straight from students enrolled in the program.
Skier being towed by a rider on a horse. Skijoring....
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking for a new winter activity? Try skijoring in Bear Lake

Skijoring is when someone on skis is pulled by a horse, dog, animal, or motor vehicle. The driver leads the skiers through an obstacle course over jumps, hoops, and gates.
Banner with Cervical Cancer Awareness Realistic Ribbon...
Intermountain Health

Five common causes of Cervical Cancer – and what you can do to lower your risk

January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness month and cancer experts at Intermountain Health are working to educate women about cervical cancer.
Kid holding a cisco fish at winterfest...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Get ready for fun at the 2023 Bear Lake Monster Winterfest

The Bear Lake Monster Winterfest is an annual weekend event jam-packed full of fun activities the whole family can enjoy.
happy friends with sparklers at christmas dinner...

15 easy Christmas dinner ideas

We’ve scoured the web for you and narrowed down a few of our favorite Christmas dinner ideas to make your planning easy.
Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...

5 Game Day Snacks for the Whole Family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
New Utah County sheriff, Michael Smith, sworn in