CRIME, POLICE + COURTS

Heber police chief returns to work after independent review

Aug 2, 2021, 9:13 PM | Updated: Dec 29, 2022, 12:09 pm

Image of a Heber police vehicle....

FILE: (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

(Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

HEBER, Utah — Heber City’s police chief returned from administrative leave after an independent review. The city’s mayor, Kelleen Potter, in a statement Monday called the claims against Police Chief Dave Booth, “baseless and without merit”.

Booth has been cleared of allegations and returned to work. 

Heber City police chief investigated 

Booth was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation in July. An internal complaint against Booth initiated the independent review by the Utah Department of Public Safety and Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office.

Details about the nature of the complaint have not been released. Potter announced the independent review in July but did not specify what the complaint was or how long Booth had been on administrative leave. 

According to KSL TV, following the announcement in July, Potter “emphasized that all complaints are taken seriously but the chief had never given a reason to question his competency and performance.”

Independent investigation findings

Potter said in a statement Monday, “He has earned admiration throughout Heber City and the Heber Valley as a competent, compassionate leader and is a substantive and contributing citizen. We are grateful for his contributions, both past and forthcoming.”

The mayor added it was a privilege to have independent resources available to conduct an unbiased investigation. 

Booth has served the public for more than thirty years in the Vernal, Park City, Summit County and Heber Valley communities. He was also the recipient of the 2019 Chief of the Year Award by the Utah Chiefs Association and has been Heber City’s police chief since 2012.

“He has earned admiration throughout Heber City and the Heber Valley as a competent, compassionate leader and is a substantive and contributing citizen. We are grateful for his contributions, both past and forthcoming,” Potter concluded in the statement. 

We want to hear from you.

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

Crime, Police + Courts

A former San Juan County sheriff’s deputy has been arrested on suspicion of child sex abuse. (San...

Daniel Woodruff, KSL TV

Former Utah sheriff’s deputy arrested in child sex abuse case

Former San Juan County sheriff’s deputy, 74-year-old Grayson Redd, has been arrested on suspicion of child sex abuse.

7 hours ago

BEAR LAKE COUNTY, Idaho -- Authorities in Idaho say human remains were uncovered Thursday morning i...

Kennedy Camarena

13-year-old died after going missing at Bear Lake

A 13-year-old girl was reported to be missing at Bear Lake on Saturday. She was later found; her death was pronounced by medical personnel.

13 hours ago

Police say two minors in Sugar House fought off an alleged kidnapper....

Kennedy Camarena

Man arrested after allegedly attempting to kidnap girl in Sugar House neighborhood

Two minors fought off a man who attempted to kidnap one of them in Sugar House, Salt Lake City Police Department said.

2 days ago

An Salt Lake City Police car with its lights on....

Kennedy Camarena

Man in critical but stable condition after being shot on Sunday

SALT LAKE CITY — A 27-year-old man has gone from life-threatening condition to critical but stable after being shot, according to police. The Salt Lake City Police Department said in a press release that the man was shot near 1500 North Mandalay Road around 2:37 a.m. early Sunday. When police arrived, they found that the […]

2 days ago

Someone is setting empty buildings on fire in Mantua amid wildfire season...

Darby Sparks, KSLTV.com

POLICE: Someone is setting empty buildings on fire in Mantua amid wildfire season

Someone is setting empty buildings on fire in Mantua amid wildfire season. Until now there are three reported fires and an unreported fourth.

2 days ago

Daniel Martinez sentenced for Draper party shooting...

CARLYSLE PRICE, KSLTV.com

Daniel Martinez sentenced for Draper party shooting

Daniel Martinez was sentenced Thursday to 50 years in jail for the deaths of 2 people at a party at an Airbnb in Draper.

3 days ago

Sponsored Articles

A young woman smiles while reading the menu at a lakeside restaurant, enjoying the panoramic view o...

Bear Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau

The best restaurants to try in Bear Lake

Save this guide to the best restaurants in Bear Lake when you need to find a place to dine during your next visit.

Female leg stepping on weigh scales. Healthy lifestyle, food and sport concept....

Health Utah

Sustainable weight loss: the science-backed way to achieve it

Learn more about Debbie's weight loss journey with Health Utah, who have a unique weight loss philosophy for success.

Underwater shot of the fisherman holding the fish...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Your Bear Lake fishing guide

Bear Lake offers year-round fishing opportunities. By preparing ahead of time, you might go home with a big catch!

A group of people cut a purple ribbon...

Comcast

Comcast announces major fiber network expansion in Utah

Comcast's commitment to delivering extensive coverage signifies a monumental leap toward a digitally empowered future for Utahns.

a doctor putting her hand on the chest of her patient...

Intermountain Health

Intermountain nurse-midwives launch new gynecology access clinic

An access clinic launched by Intermountain nurse-midwives provides women with comprehensive gynecology care.

Young couple hugging while a realtor in a suit hands them keys in a new home...

Utah Association of Realtors

Buying a home this spring? Avoid these 5 costly pitfalls

By avoiding these pitfalls when buying a home this spring, you can ensure your investment will be long-lasting and secure.

Heber police chief returns to work after independent review