Max Yospe, who has been Salt Lake Police chaplain for 14 years, is jobless.
Budget cuts in the police department have forced officials to terminate Yospe's position, according to a statement issued by the department.Yospe, a retired police sergeant, was appointed by the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the request of police officers. As chaplain he has counseled police officers and their families in times of trauma and tragedy and arranged funerals for police personnel.
Under the direction of Chief Bud Willoughby, Yospe organized the volunteer Police Chaplain Corps, comprised of ministers from various faiths in the community. The corps provides the city with nearly 9,000 hours of service each year.
An outside auditing firm recently paid special commendation to the chaplain program, which will now be under the direction of Capt. William Duncan.