New Chief Deputy a concern for some

The Cache County Sheriff’s office has a new Chief Deputy. Brad W. Slater was appointed to the position earlier this year. Slater retired in 2010 from the Weber County Sheriff’s Office. There he served as sheriff since 1997. But some sources, who wish to remain anonymous, are not happy with the appointment, noting that Slater lives in Weber County and has no intention of moving to Cache. He also drives a county-owned vehicle to and from work each day, which is fueled by county dollars. Cache County Executive Lynn Lemon says the law allows the Sheriff to appoint a Chief Deputy who he deems best for the job; but at the same time, Lemon says he’s sympathetic with employees within the sheriff’s office who competed for the job.Sheriff Lynn Nelson says Slater was hired full-time for a period of 4-years; the same amount of time Nelson has until re-election. Nelson says he was aware that Slater would not move to Cache County so he took the situation to the County Attorney and Human Resources Office. Nelson says he was told it was permissible to hire Slater, but that his wage would be adjusted to compensate for the vehicle and fuel. Nelson says Slater is second in command and is expected to respond to emergencies 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, 365-days a year, and that’s why he’s allowed to drive the vehicle home. Lemon says it’s not a common practice to hire someone who lives outside of the county, but he supports the Sheriff in his decision.

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