Jim Winder - Utah Democrat

Jim Winder

Salt Lake County Sheriff

Salt Lake County

Phone: (801) 743-7000

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Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder is a 29-year veteran of the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office. He has been the Sheriff of Salt Lake County since January 2007. Prior to taking office, Jim led Special Operations, Training, Investigative and Community Oriented Policing Units within the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office. He has extensive knowledge of best practices in law enforcement graduating from Utah POST, North Rhine German State Police School and an Anti-Terrorism program in Northern Ireland. Jim attended Westminster College and currently instructs leadership classes through the University of Utah. He is a nationally and internationally recognized law enforcement consultant.


During his time as Sheriff he re-opened Oxbow jail to address overcrowding in the Adult Detention Center, developed an Acute Medical Unit to service the prisoner population and created the Unified Police Department. Jim has been married for 17 years and his wife, Shawn, is a full-time Captain Paramedic in the fire service. They have two children and enjoy participating in a variety of outdoor activities with them.