Ex-Unified fire chief won't be charged, but now he's facing calls to resign from inland port board

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  • djc Stansbury Park, Ut
    Sept. 12, 2018 5:35 p.m.

    The article says this isn't the kind of behavior we want in Utah, but from what I've observed over the past 13 years, it is the kind of behavior we have in Utah. Conflicts of interest, misuse of public funds, questionable contract awarding policies, and in general a certain lack of a firm ethical grounding. I am honestly really surprised at how widespread it is, and especially surprised at the attitude of those who are caught and think they have done nothing wrong. Way to go Utah.

  • emb Pleasant Grove, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 4:59 p.m.

    There is no place in public service for this kind of behavior at any level.

  • NeifyT Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 12:26 p.m.

    @PP,

    Two different things at play here. There is a big difference between "criminally guilty" and "clearly bad use of tax money."

    The report about Jensen clearly showed that he does not have the best interest of tax payers when he is spending tax money. That is proven beyond any reasonable doubt.

    But, the report also suggests that they cannot "prove" that his clearly misuse of tax money amounts to "criminal" action.

    Thus, it is perfectly reasonable to call for his resignation from a board in which he will be in charge of millions (actually I think this one is looking more at the billions) of tax payer dollars; even though he was not charged and found guilty of some criminal conduct of his past escapades with tax payer money.

    What is clear is that the does not have the best interest of us tax payers... but then I could say the same is true for everyone on the board; and indeed every politician that pushed this deal in the first place; they are all clearly lining their pockets with the inland port thing. Just like the prison move; this is all about making the rich get richer on the backs of the tax payers.

  • Red Smith American Fork, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 12:21 p.m.

    Ben McAdams nominated Mike Jensen for the Inland Port board.

    Ben McAdams should resign first then Mike Jensen second.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 11:26 a.m.

    Add, the guy who nominated him for the post, Ben McAdams, defends his incredibly dangerous decision and is running for Congress.

  • EPJ Grantsville, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 8:13 a.m.

    Where there's smoke, there's fire. Keep an eye on this guy.

  • shamrock Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 7:54 a.m.

    Mayor McAdams should reconsider his continued support for Jensen. Surely Jensen isn't the only person who understands or can represent Magna's interests. Let's find someone qualified to represent Magna but who doesn't have a history of wasting public funds or intimidating and browbeating public employees.

  • aghast SYRACUSE, UT
    Sept. 12, 2018 7:02 a.m.

    For obvious reasons this article points out that the good buddy system is alive and well across party lines in Utah. It is not what you know it is who you know. It doesn't matter what party you are with, values you are supposed to represent, it is who you know and where the money goes. Interesting too, big money in this inland port transcends the party lines.
    I guess the republicans decided to share? McAdams and Jensen are known to be liberal spenders - it appears that perhaps they are in good company with the law makers on the hill that created this thing?

  • PP Eagle Mountain, UT
    Sept. 11, 2018 9:26 p.m.

    Guilty until proven innocent I see. I don't know anything about this guy other than what I read in this article, but I do know that if you weren't charged AND found guilty by a jury of your peers then there is absolutely no reason to resign anything.

    I hate the whole "he should resign because of the seriousness of the allegations" torches and pitchforks attitude we all seem to have these days.

    Why didn't "alliance for a more like California Utah" call for McAdams ouster. Oh wait - I know why.

  • jpc53 Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 11, 2018 8:12 p.m.

    I'm a McAdams supporter but there is no reason this guy should be on this board overseeing the finances on millions of dollars. He has shown that e is a spend thrift when it comes to public funds.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Sept. 11, 2018 7:49 p.m.

    I was going to vote for McAdams for Congress. No more. He knew about all this dirt and still appointed Jensen to the Board. Can't vote for Mia, so I'll leave that spot unchecked. Utah is not the "Best Managed State".

  • mightymite , 00
    Sept. 11, 2018 7:24 p.m.

    How bad does this get? We get rid of Greg Hughes and another one pops up in his place. Corruption among utah civil servants are out of control. This is not a drill folks this is real.