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Salt Lake County Sheriff faces challenge from within department

SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – The race for Salt Lake County Sheriff is on and current Sheriff Rosie Rivera is facing a challenge from within the office in the form of candidate Justin Hoyal. 

Rivera stops by Inside Utah Politics to discuss her background and why she's the right candidate. 

"First and foremost I'm a mother and I'm a grandmother. I'm also a police officer. I've been a police officer for 25 years and I've worked my way through the ranks," Rivera said.  

Rivera says that she still has a lot that she wants to accomplish. 

"I love my job. I just got started and I want the opportunity to continue making the changes that we have made. I do believe that we are making some good positive changes. I have the leadership skills, right now I  operate a budget of over 200 million between the Unified Police Department and the Salt Lake County Sheriffs Office. I know that what I learned early on in life on budgeting has helped me through that, but it's a big job and I really feel like I'm the right person at this time to be doing that job," Rivera said. 

Rivera says she will continue to be very involved in some of the issues the county is facing.

"We're looking at a lot of different types of prevention programs. Suicide prevention, gang prevention and then we have a huge opioid epidemic and I have been working really hard on the opioid task force to try and address that issue," said Rivera. 

Rivera also addresses the controversial departures of Herriman and Riverton from the Unified Police Department. 

"I think that this has been a problem that has been there for a very long time and we are just addressing it now but we are being transparent. That's why it's out in the media now because this was an issue.  My opponent has talked about it being a leadership issue. I think he forgets that he is a part of our leadership and if he has solutions I'm willing to listen," Rivera said. 

For more information on Rivera's campaign, you can click here



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