LOGAN — Cache County Sheriff’s Lt. Chad Jensen has announced he plans to run against Sheriff Lynn Nelson in the upcoming election.
Jensen has worked in the sheriff’s office for 22 years. He said the goal of running for the top law enforcement position has always been in the back of his mind.
“I think 22-years-ago, my goal was to someday be the sheriff,” said Jensen. “Just in the last six-to-eight months or so I’ve put it forward and thought this is what I want to do.”
Jensen began his career with the sheriff’s department supervising inmates in the Cache County Jail. He later transferred to the Patrol Division and then became an investigator and drug task force agent.
Jensen was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1998 and lieutenant in 2004. He’s currently serving as a lieutenant in the Jail Division.
“I’ve worked in and supervised in every division of our office,” said Jensen. “It’s been a great career and I’ve enjoyed every move that the sheriff has allowed me to make and I just look forward to moving forward to the next step.”
Jensen said his vision for the Cache County Sheriff’s Office would be to lead the sheriff’s staff in meeting the needs of the community and evaluating and eliminating unnecessary projects that detract from the core duties and responsibilities of the sheriff’s office.
“The sheriff has made some decisions and they are his decisions and I support him because he’s the sheriff,” said Jensen. “But, I certainly do think that our office needs to maybe not quite focus on some of these other projects so much and refocus back on the employees. Not only in means of salary but it also means just getting them back to doing what they were paid to do, which was be law enforcement officers.”
Sheriff Lynn Nelson has been with the Cache County Sheriff’s Office for 33 years. He was elected in 1998 and has already said he plans to run for re-election.
The filling deadline for all Cache county candidates, including sheriff, is March 20.