Riverton City Approves Jake Petersen as new UPD Precinct Chief

Riverton City Council and Mayor Applegarth with newly appointed UPD Riverton Precinct Chief Jake PetersenMayor Bill Applegarth presented his nomination for the new Unified Police Department (UPD) Chief for the Riverton Precinct during the City Council Meeting on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, and with the unanimous approval from City Council Members: Tricia Tingey, Trent Staggs, Sheldon Stewart, Brent Johnson and Paul Wayman… Lieutenant Jake Petersen accepted the promotion and his new position.

Along with other UPD officers, Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera was also on hand during the City Council Meeting to make the official promotion, her first promotion as the new Sheriff.

“You’ve made a great decision,” expressed Sheriff Rivera to the City Council, “I knew early on that if I ever left I wanted somebody who could fill the shoes and who had the same passion for my City. And I think that I got it right. I think that you chose the best person possible to do that. I know that Jake has that same passion for the citizens of Riverton and will serve them very well.”

UPD Riverton Precinct Chief Jake Petersen at City Council Meeting

The newly appointed UPD Chief shared his gratitude for his wife as he addressed the Council, as well as his appreciation for the mentoring and kindness he received from Sheriff Rivera. “I am so humbled to share a badge and a patch with people who walk into the dark of the night to keep other people safe. I am so grateful that there are men and women who I have had the opportunity to work with that will step into the breach of anger and violence to bring peace as a peace officer.”

Chief Petersen received standing applause from the meeting attendees as he accepted his promotion to UPD Deputy Chief and Precinct Chief for Riverton City.

“It will be my absolute privilege to look to my right and to my left… to my team that I stand with,” stated Chief Petersen. “To make sure that they are the most well-prepared, humble, compassionate, service-oriented group of officers that we could work with.”