West Jordan Police Leader Named ‘Chief of the Year’”Mar 20, 2015 12:35PM ● By Tom Haraldsen
West Jordan Police Chief Doug Diamond will be awarded the Chief of the Year for a large jurisdiction by the Utah Chiefs of Police Association. He will receive the honor at the association’s awards banquet in St. George on March 25.
In a letter of recommendation from Interim City Manager Bryce Haderlie, he said Diamond “is held in high regard by his employees, thanks in part to his willingness to hold himself and those around him accountable, and not ask anything of his people that he is not willing to do himself.”
Diamond joined the department in December 2011 after retiring from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office in California, where he held the rank of captain as a contracted chief of police for the city. When he took over the WJPD command, the department was in a transition phase. So he worked to help the department regain its confidence and respect for leadership, Haderlie said.
“Chief Diamond has orchestrated an upgrade of the organization, both in command and personnel restructuring, as well as the improved use of technology,” the city manager wrote in his letter of recommendation. “His work has prepared our police department for the challenges that lay ahead.”
Diamond, like many of his peers in Utah, has been actively involved each year in the Utah Legislature sessions. He has partnered with organizations like the South Valley Sanctuary, and has become a strong advocate for domestic violence victims in the community. He is also active in the West Jordan Exchange Club.
“In my judgment, Chief Diamond represents law enforcement in a positive and professional way that ensures our community is adequately protected,” Haderlie said, “all while maintaining the support of our residents. I want to share my appreciation to Chief Diamond for his dedication to the city and his department.”