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"It’s beyond the pale that here we are 500 days later and we still don’t have an answer as to what his office wants to do," Adams said.

He said the chapter has no opinion on whether charges should be filed, but doesn’t like how long it has taken.

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"If the judiciary doesn’t want to see this case hidden from public view, I’m not sure why Sim Gill’s office would either," Adams said, referring to the report of a grand jury. "They’ve taken a bite at that apple. They were told no."

The police organization previously criticized Gill’s determination that shooting Willard was not justified.

On Monday, the organization endorsed Republican Steve Nelson, the violent felonies unit chief at the Salt Lake County district attorney’s office, to replace Gill. The chapter in 2010 endorsed both Gill and his opponent, Lohra Miller.

The organization’s attorney is representing Salmon, who remains on administrative leave but is drawing a paycheck from West Valley City, pending a decision about charges. Cowley was fired — not for the Willard shooting, but on accusations he mishandled evidence.

"We released our investigation to Mr. Gill one year ago," West Valley City Manager Wayne Pyle said in a statement issued Friday. "While we respect the role and responsibility of the District Attorney in reviewing this matter, we believe there has been more than enough time to make a decision as to whether or not to initiate a criminal prosecution, if warranted. In the interest of justice and our public accountability, we would be pleased to see that a decision in this matter be made."

Gill said it would have been easy for his office to do a cursory investigation of the Willard shooting, declare the shooting justified and move on. Instead, Gill said, his office has been thorough with what has been a nuanced case.

"If I could have done this faster sooner, I absolutely would have done it faster sooner," Gill said, "because who’s taking a beating on this? It’s me."

ncarlisle@sltrib.com Twitter: @natecarlisle

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