New Taylorsville precinct gets police chief

Published: Wednesday, July 11 2012 7:50 p.m. MDT

Qualified candidates for precinct chief interviewed with a three-person committee made up of City Administrator John Inch Morgan, a chief deputy of law enforcement with UPD and a Taylorsville resident. From that pool of five candidates, two advanced to interview with the mayor.

As precinct chief, Wyant will manage more than 50 law enforcement officers and sergeants in the response, coordination and investigation of complex crimes in Taylorsville, according to a city news release.

Wyant received an honors Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice administration and psychology from Columbia College in Salt Lake City. He enjoys coaching basketball, hunting and fishing in his spare time.

Also Wednesday, the two K-9 dogs from the Taylorsville Police Department retired as part of the city's partnership with UPD.

The two Belgian Malinois dogs, Joe and Hutch, served for four and three years in Taylorsville, respectively. The dogs were declared as surplus by the City Council and allowed to become pets for their handlers, officers Jeff Sanderson and Jake Elsasser.

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