Mayor's Message: Introducing Our New Police Chief

thumb-mayors-message-april-2023By Mayor Trent Staggs

After much consideration and many interviews, I presented Blair Barfuss to the Riverton City Council to be appointed as chief of police on Tuesday, February 21. I’m pleased to report that the council unanimously confirmed the appointment.

Chief Barfuss has brought with him a wealth of law enforcement experience. He comes to Riverton after serving as chief of police most recently at Utah State University and previously as chief of police and director of public safety at Utah Tech University. He spent the majority of his career in law enforcement with the West Valley Police Department where he held a variety of leadership roles, including training unit commander, patrol watch commander, detective sergeant, administrative sergeant, patrol sergeant and SWAT team leader. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and holds a master’s degree in human resources from Utah State University and a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College in criminal justice administration.

I am confident his servant leadership style and commitment to community-oriented policing will make him very effective as he leads the Riverton Police Department. His team consists of 36 sworn officers and four civilian staff.

Chief Barfuss stated the following about his appointment as chief, “It is an honor to be selected to lead the Riverton Police Department. I look forward to serving the residents of Riverton and ensuring the Riverton Police Department’s commitment to service and community continues.”

Residents continue to see savings and improved service since the city left the Salt Lake Valley Law Enforcement Service Area back in 2018 and left Unified Police Department to create the Riverton Police Department back in 2019. In fact, since forming our own taxing district to fund police services in Riverton, our residents have saved over $10 million in property tax that would have otherwise been paid to the county taxing district, with over $4 million in savings just last year.

Riverton City officials are committed to ensuring we have the very best law enforcement we can and are thrilled Chief Barfuss has joined our team. Please join me in welcoming him to Riverton!

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