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September 25, 2022

Heber City police chief placed on leave

Heber City Police Chief David Booth has been placed on leave pending an internal review, the city’s mayor announced Tuesday. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

HEBER CITY — Heber City’s police chief has been placed on administrative leave for undisclosed reasons pending an internal review.

Heber City Mayor Kelleen Potter said in a prepared statement that the city is reviewing an internal complaint pertaining to Chief David Booth.

“As a standard procedure, the chief was placed on paid leave while the review is being conducted. While it is premature to share information about the internal allegation right now, we will share additional information, to the extent possible, if the allegations are substantiated,” Potter said in her statement.

She added that while all complaints are taken seriously, Booth is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

“I have never had any reason to question our chief’s competency and excellent performance in his job. The review will be concluded as quickly as possible and we will follow all laws and procedures regarding a complaint like this to find that delicate balance between transparency and privacy,” the mayor said.

The prepared statement did not say when the complaint was received or when Booth was placed on leave. Potter said he had been on leave at least three weeks.

Booth has been Heber City’s police chief since 2012 and was named Chief of the Year by the Utah Police Chiefs Association in 2019. Prior to Heber City, Booth was chief deputy for the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. He has worked in law enforcement since 1989.


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