Salt Lake County to take over SLC prosecutor’s office

Posted at 11:01 AM, Jun 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-19 16:07:44-04

SALT LAKE CITY — The city prosecutor’s office will be combined with the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office in a cost-saving measure, FOX 13 has learned.

A deal struck between the offices of Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams will have the city prosecutor’s office managed by District Attorney Sim Gill, but city prosecutors would remain city employees. Ultimately, both offices may be merged.

“Our City Prosecutor, Padma Veeru-Collings and her team have a history of excellence in providing prosecution services for our community. This new structure is designed to continue that high level of effectiveness, while also saving taxpayer dollars and creating new efficiencies in a unique, regional approach,” Becker said in a statement.

The combination city/county prosecutor’s offices would be a one-year pilot program. It requires the approval of the Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County councils.