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Jail personnel honored at conference

Commander recognized for leadership

Correction officer earns top award

Ellen Cook

Leader Editor

Sandy Huthman has been a part of Box Elder County’s law enforcement team, particularly in inmate services, since 1997.   Four years ago she was named jail commander at the Box Elder County Jail and currently serves as vice president of Utah Jail Commanders.

That group, which consists of 28 jail commanders from throughout the state, recently recognized her commitment and dedication to her role in corrections by naming her Jail Commander of the Year during ceremonies at the Utah Sheriffs Association Conference in St. George.

At the presentation, Huthman, a resident of Willard, was singled out as “a person of true dedication who motivates staff in excelling in their performance and deeply cares for the people around her.”  She was also selected for “her professionalism, commitment to corrections and collaborations with allied agencies. Her leadership provides an example to follow.”

Huthman said she was very surprised at the honor and played down those accolades by saying her duties are made easier by the competent sergeants who work under her command.  “They are all very good supervisors,” she said.  “I just let them do their job.”

Those sergeants, however, are implementing programs Huthman has been instrumental in bringing to the jail – programs like “Pay for Stay,” where inmates are required to pay for their “housing” as a way to offset costs to the county.

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