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George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

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( Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune) Acting police chief, Anita Schwemmer, announces that West Valley City Police Department is requesting an independent investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation during a press conference at police headquarters in West Valley City, Utah Wednesday April 3, 2013. The investigation will look into corruption within the department's narcotics unit and a possible cover-up involving the Danielle Willard officer involved shooting.
Tribune editorial part of WVC chief interviews

Flattered to find out that one of our editorials - Losing our trust: Justice flawed from the top down, May 27 - was part of the required reading for those applying to be the new chief of the West Valley City Police Department.

West Valley City police chief who can restore public trust — By Pamela Manson | The Salt Lake Tribune

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... City administrators used Skype to conduct preliminary interviews and asked each candidate to make a video presentation on why a police chief has the inherent responsibility to instill public trust, using a May 27 editorial in The Salt Lake Tribune as a starting point. The staff editorial, "Losing our trust," discusses the erosion of faith in the nation’s justice system.

Isaac said the candidates’ demeanor, as well as the answer itself, were evaluated and the field has been narrowed to nine finalists, who underwent background checks and will come to West Valley City next week for further interviewing.

The finalists will take part in role-playing scenarios, such as being grilled by a reporter. ...

While they are at it, WVC officials should ask chief hopefuls what they think about this Tribune editorial:

WVC or UPD?: City should consider county service — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial, April 11

Among all the questions surrounding the conduct of West Valley City police officers and management of the department, there is one that can and should be answered, and soon: Is it time for the city to disband its police operations and instead join the Salt Lake County Unified Police Department?

Such a step would have widespread ramifications for police officers, the city and its residents and should not be done without thorough study. But it should be seriously considered. ...

Maybe that will be part of the "being grilled by a reporter" part.



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