Health forces DPS commissioner to quit

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  • Summer
    Jan. 29, 2009 5:14 p.m.

    Commissioner Duncan was an amazing man. He cared about the people of the State and of the Department. He sent personalized emails to every DPS employee on their birthday. He fought for his employees, and equality among the various Divisions. He cared about the public. He will truly be missed amongst his colleagues.

  • Scott Barnett
    Jan. 29, 2009 2:33 p.m.

    I had the pleasure of working with and for Scott Duncan for over 17 years. He was the type of leader that always made you think that he was your friend.

  • Former DPS PIO
    Jan. 29, 2009 12:27 p.m.

    I had the pleasure of working for Scott and found him to be the consummate professional, dedicated public servant, and a trusted and helpful co-worker. I wish him all the best.

  • john h.
    Jan. 25, 2009 4:05 p.m.

    This whole things sounds crazy and like there is a coverup going on. I sympathize for the pressure these DPS people must be under in their jobs, and maybe his position needs to be changed so that a committee or group handles these responsibilities instead of one person. How someone could drive to So. Utah, forget a meeting, and be driving back while swerving sound really serious, like he was totally out of it.

  • Bryan
    Jan. 24, 2009 12:52 p.m.

    I know the Duncan family well and have known Scott for many years. The people of the State of Utah probably have no idea how much good Scott has done for the state. Scott will be missed, this is tragic and we wish he and his family the best.

  • Scott Duncan supporters
    Jan. 23, 2009 4:38 p.m.

    Leaders such as Scott Duncan are few and far between. We have appreciated his dedication and commitment throughout the years of his service to the state of Utah. It is too bad that someone who has dedicated his life to the service of others in such an exemplary manner can be thrown overboard on the basis of one single, unexplained incident that was totally out of character for him. God Bless you Scott. Good luck in your future endeavors. You will truly be missed by those of us who really know and love you for who you are and the services you have rendered.

  • Julie Hillman
    Jan. 23, 2009 10:17 a.m.

    Leaders like Scott Duncan don't come along every day. I'm really disappointed in Govenor Huntsman for not allowing his health problems to be checked out and treated before making this hasty decision. Sounds like a form of age/health discrimination to me.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 23, 2009 9:13 a.m.

    There were outside warning signs of alcohol problems with Swain for years. There has never been any inkling of any problem with Duncan.

  • LE & OH
    Jan. 23, 2009 1:12 a.m.

    Seems there is either bad blood between the Guv and DPS or DPS and all its branches have a problem with OH or more precisely carboxyl affinity or to be exact ALCOHOL related incidents. I tend to gravitate towards their problem with alcohol. It's pervasive throughout the LE community, much more than the common public knows. Let's see now possible DPS (fireman) alcohol caused fatality in Tooele, um what else? DPS guy named um what was his name um Lt. Swain UHP Dui guy resigned incident to ALCOHOL and heaven's knows what other DPS alcohol related incidents there are which go unreported, unaddressed, or covered up. Mr. Lunceford down in Spanish Fork wasn't immune from alcohol. Officers of SLPD I know have a problem with it. I speculate much much more than the naive citizens of Utah would believe. Brian Smith, killed then killed in Texas incident to drug and alcohol. I wished I had a DPS "card" to show any other DPS officer so I could get off Scott free as did this guy. I hope they took him to the hospital for alcohol blood level testing!

  • Debbie
    Jan. 22, 2009 8:52 p.m.

    DEAR SCOTT,as a aunt to you ,IT makes me very sad to think that they didnt listen to your side of this before they took the action they did . But know that people are with you and love you for the wonderful person you are and all the good you have done for others .I would like to tell them that you cannot be relaced by anyone better. Totally THERE Lose!!!We Love you and we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers ,LOVE ALWAYS - Deb

  • ROY
    Jan. 22, 2009 1:23 p.m.

    Scott, It was a priviledge working for you and knowing you all these years. I hope all is well with you. Just relax and enjoy retirement. We who know you respect you and wish you well.

  • Wondering
    Jan. 22, 2009 12:12 p.m.

    Could the pressures of the job have caused the Commissioner to have had a stroke?

    Sounds like a serious medical problem when you forget a meeting and have a hard time driving.

    Hope all is well and I am glad he was between Cedar and St. George. Had that been in SLC he would have been killed the way they drive.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 22, 2009 11:20 a.m.

    First rule when running for president is to avoid even the appearance of controversy.

  • Image is Everything
    Jan. 22, 2009 11:12 a.m.

    Of course he was forced out. He worked for Huntsman, so Huntsman likely tossed him overboard before the story could tarnish his image. Heaven forbid we should allow time for the doctors to look into any health problems.

  • Duncan fan
    Jan. 22, 2009 8:32 a.m.

    I have known Scott Duncan for most of my life and have had the good fortune of working for him for the last 20 years. He is a giant among law enforcement leadership. I wish him well, and know that he truly deserves a break from the tremendous pressures he has faced during his career. Good luck, and thank you for your service to this great state!

  • Roger
    Jan. 22, 2009 7:03 a.m.

    He is a real leader among men. Utah will really miss him. He has taken care of the people and not his health. DPS Loves him and wishes him well.

  • Someone who knows
    Jan. 22, 2009 5:14 a.m.

    Scott was forced out, what a tragedy. People who are full of greed forced Scott to resign.

  • Anne A Johnson Davis
    Jan. 21, 2009 10:54 p.m.

    I am very saddened to hear of Commissioner Duncan's resignation. What a loss to Utah of a professional and caring public servant, and exemplary leader. I wish him the very best - he deserves it.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 21, 2009 9:19 p.m.

    Truly unfortunate. Scott is an amazing person.