Mike Smith is officially sworn in to fill Utah County Sheriff vacancy
Mike Smith was officially sworn in as interim Utah County Sheriff on Tuesday afternoon after the Utah County Commission gave the final approval needed for him to take the position.
Smith took the oath of office Tuesday afternoon at the Historic Utah County Courthouse during a brief ceremony attended by about 75 supporters and local officials.
The vacancy was created when Sheriff Jim Tracy resigned several months before the end of his term. Tracy’s last day was Aug. 3, though his term wasn’t scheduled to end until December.
Smith was already positioned to take the office in January, as he was the only candidate from any party to qualify for the ballot in November.
The Utah County Republican Party formally selected Smith to fill the vacancy at a meeting Saturday, as he was the only candidate to file to fill the vacancy.
Smith previously served as the Pleasant Grove Police Chief. Pleasant Grove has an item on their Tuesday night agenda to appoint Capt. Mike Roberts as interim chief of police.
Though Smith hadn’t originally planned on leaving his position in Pleasant Grove this early, he said he’s excited to start at the Utah County Sheriff’s Office.
“I know there are some issues I’m stepping into that have come before you,” Smith told the Utah County Commission Tuesday morning. “And I’m excited to be able to get in with you and work through those issues and be a team in that and solve some problems.”