MOAB — Former Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder announced Monday he's stepping down from his latest job as Moab's police chief.
"I want to thank Moab. They've been wonderful to me and my family. And I hope I've done a good job down here," he said.
Winder said he left his sheriff position and took the police chief gig in Moab nearly two years ago as a way to spend more time with his family.
But since then, his wife and children have needed to spend more time in Salt Lake City for sports and school, he said. He's planning on moving back so his family can spend more time together.
Winder has spoken to Moab's mayor and city manager about the transition and will help make sure the transition to a new chief is done in a "coordinated fashion."Comment on this story
He said he plans to continue working and has a "few options," but declined to provide additional details about his future plans.
After he left Salt Lake County, Winder made headlines in 2018 when he railed against cities abandoning the Unified Police Department — a multicity agency he helped create a decade ago — and said his successor, Sheriff Rosie Rivera, wasn't doing much to stop them. In October, he endorsed Republican candidate Justin Hoyal for sheriff. Rivera went on to win the election.