Last week, San Juan County Commissioners were notified that sheriff Rick Eldredge, chief deputy Alan Freestone, and deputy Rob Wilcox were charged in the Utah Seventh District Court by the Utah Attorney General’s office.
Currently, the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office is staffed with 11 field officers, including the sheriff and his chief deputy, to provide law enforcement for the county. Citing their legal obligation to protect the public health, safety, and welfare of its residents, the San Juan County Commissioners have chosen to keep the above named officers on active duty.
The board claims that placing these officers on administrative leave at this time would create an undue public safety risk for county residents. Therefore, the sheriff and his deputies will remain on active duty until the legal proceedings have concluded.