‘Questions’ cause postponement of swearing in of new top cop

It was on the agenda and family members from Vernal and other areas were in attendance last night to see Gary R. Jensen sworn in as Logan City’s new police chief, but the event was postponed due to what officials described as “questions” about a recent controversy involving a YouTube video. The video, shot two years ago when Jensen, then serving as chief of police in Vernal, was assisting in providing security at a rock concert, shows an individual using Jensen’s nunchucks to hit another man on the backside. Jensen has claimed the video was edited and taken out of context, but there’s been some confusion about the level of knowledge Vernal city officials had about the incident in 2007. At Tuesday’s meeting of the Logan Municipal Council, Jensen told the council he wanted them, the mayor, and Logan residents to feel comfortable about him. “There’s been some questions regarding who said what and when and how, I just think those questions need to be answered in your folks mind … before we take this further,” Jensen said. “It’s important that you folks are comfortable and that this issue can wash under the bridge and we can get on about the judicial law enforcement of Logan city.” The “questions” stem from comments that Mayor Randy Watts made in a local newspaper earlier this week where Watts said the Vernal City Council had dismissed the issue of Jensen’s appearance in the video. It turns out, reportedly, that it was the Vernal City Manager who discussed the video with Jensen, not the council. Meanwhile, at least one member of the Logan Municipal Council is saying she’s sympathetic to Jensen’s plight. Tami Pyfer said that after she viewed the video and heard Jensen’s explanation, she didn’t have a problem with the issue. Pyfer, however, also said on KVNU’s Crosstalk show that she understood the Vernal City Council disregarded the video after viewing it. She added, however, that she understands what it’s like to have a video of yourself show up on YouTube, as a video of her walking out of a Logan council meeting was posted online a few years ago after a local resident made some remarks that upset her. It is assumed that the Logan Municipal Council will reconsider their confirmation of Jensen at their next meeting in two week.

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