Sheriff may face challengers |

Sheriff may face challengers

Patrick ParkinsonOf the Record staff

Several people appear interested this year in unseating Republican Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds. Edmunds announced recently that he will seek re-election to a third term.

Democrats say they are lining up on one side of the aisle to challenge the incumbent lawman. And Edmunds may even face a fight from within his own political party. South Summit resident Kris Hendricksen, a Republican, has expressed interest in running for sheriff.

"I want to see everybody treated with equal respect," Hendricksen said in a telephone interview.

Hendricksen said he is an ex-Sheriff’s Office deputy who resigned from the department about 18 months ago. He said he has worked in law enforcement for about 25 years and is a police officer at Utah Valley University in Orem.

"I did nothing illegal, immoral or anything along those lines," Hendricksen said about his resignation from the Sheriff’s Office. "There are a lot of guys in my shoes who worked for the sheriff’s department and do not work there anymore."

One of his top priorities if he gets elected would be decreasing employee turnover at the Sheriff’s Office, Hendricksen said.

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Hendricksen also criticized Edmunds for spending too much of the county’s money while in office.

"That money comes from the citizens of the community. You pay your taxes, I pay my taxes and I wonder where it goes," he said.

As sheriff, Hendricksen said he would seek to get rid of the gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles the deputies drive.

The window for those interested in running for public office opens March 12 and continues through March 19.