by Becky GINOS
WOODS CROSS—In a surprise turn of events at last week’s city council meeting, Woods Cross Police Chief Greg Butler tendered his resignation effective Sept. 5.
“There were issues between him and the council that through mutual agreement they decided they’d better part company,” said City Administrator Gary Uresk. “The issues couldn’t be resolved and after an executive session that night that he was asked to come to, they decided to split ways.”
Butler has been chief for seven years and received numerous awards and accolades for his service and programs he has implemented such as the Lethality Assessment Protocol (LAP) in domestic violence situations. He was named Chief of the Year-Small Agency by the Utah Chiefs of Police Association and Best of State Community Development Public Safety Officer in 2017.
“This is always difficult,” said Uresk. “He did great things for the city.”
Lt. Adam Osoro has been appointed interim chief while the city searches for a replacement.
“Adam has done a good job for us,” Uresk said. “He’s filled in and kept things going. I’m glad he could move things forward.”
Osoro plans to continue what the department has been doing. “We’ll miss Chief Butler, he’s done great things for us,” said Osoro. “We’re banding together to support one another and move forward in a positive direction.”
For the time being, Osoro will be handling the administrative duties for the department. “I hope to promote solidarity with the people and continue a positive relationship with the surrounding communities and agencies as much as we can.”
Uresk said the council has not decided yet how the search for Butler’s replacement will be handled. “These are emotional things,” he said. “This week they’ll hit it with the goal to do it as quickly as possible but these things do take time. However, it will be the mayor and council’s decision.”