In 2014, the public safety retirement system under the control of the Utah State Legislature substantially reduced the retirement benefits of newly recruited police officers and firefighters according to two former public safety personnel and one active highway patrol officer. The State Legislature may be putting the public at risk as local police and fire departments are now experiencing difficulties recruiting qualified public safety officers.
As your House Representative I will fight to maintain essential public services necessary for our public safety. Utahns cannot afford not to go without qualified personnel to respond to instances of crime or fires placing you at risk of serious injury or property loss. Hard budget decisions may be necessary, but public safety cannot be cutback at the expense of people's property or lives. If elected, I will seek to have public hearings held to hear from local police and fire departments about their difficulties in recruiting qualified candidates and find out what adequate funding levels are needed.