Neighborhood News - Announcements - Press Releases


West Jordan Stampede Rodeo Royalty

Morgan Ivie said there isn’t one word to explain how she felt when her name was called as the Western Stampede’s new Rodeo Royalty Queen.



West Jordan Named One of the Fastest Growing Cities in America

A new study from WalletHub has listed West Jordan as one of the fastest-growing cities in America. Researchers compared 515 cities with varying population sizes. 



Governor Gary Herbert announces change to Utah’s

Covid-19 guidelines

It’s been seven months since Utah recorded its first COVID-19 case. Today, during a news conference, Governor Gary Herbert announced a change veering away from the state’s ‘color-coded’ scale, which has been used to decipher restrictions in each county.



Governor Gary Herbert and Utah Infectious Disease Expert Plead for Utahns to Wear a Mask to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

“If we all do our part, we can get a lot accomplished as we try to win this war against the pandemic, “said Governor Gary Herbert during his weekly Coronavirus news conference.



Congressman Ben McAdams Visits West Jordan, Announces Bill that Studies Possible Connection between Veteran Suicides and High Altitude

Mayor Dirk Burton welcomed Congressman Ben McAdams to Veterans Memorial Park this week to announce a study that could impact the lives of Veterans in Utah.



West Jordan Fleet Manager receives National Recognition – Explains how to keep Employees feeling safe during COVID-19.

Ben Roueche is a humble man with a passion for his community. He’s worked for the City of West Jordan for six years. Despite his trying to stay under the radar, Roueche has no problem with public speaking, making him a great target for journalists.



SLCo Health Department adds COVID-19 School Data to Website Dashboard

From daily updates by city, to demographics most affected by COVID-19, the Salt Lake County Health Department’s website offers residents a visual look at how their own neighborhoods are being impacted by the virus.



West Jordan City Hall Hosts SLCo on Announcement of Increased Support for Domestic Violence Victims

COVID-19 has impacted our lives in many ways; our health, our economy, and our education systems. But this pandemic is also impacting thousands of people in a different way. 



Celebrating Independence Day Safely

The month of July brings Independence Day (and Pioneer day for Utahns), warm weather​, and fireworks. The beehive state has been ranked one of the driest states in the nation, so when warm weather and fireworks come together - they pose a huge danger.



Salt Lake County releases “Property Watch,” a new program to keep homeowners safe and informed

Title fraud is a billion-dollar problem in the United States, but a new program launched this year by the SLCo Recorder's office plans to help Utah homeowners combat the problem for free.



Small Business Impact Grant (SBIG) Round 2

UPDATE - As of today, the eligibility requirements for the SLCo SBIG have been updated to include ALL industries, as well as businesses that received less than $35,000 in CARES Act funds

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West Jordan City Leaders Sign Joint Resolution 20-01, Creating a Commission on Diversity

Today, city leaders gathered to sign Joint Resolution 20-01, which creates a commission on diversity within the city. In June, the West Jordan City Council voted 6-0 to pass the resolution, creating a commission that will include input and recommendations from minority communities to the city council.



West Jordan Couple Makes it Official with the Help of the City’s Mayor

Marquis and Melissa met 9 years ago. Last week they decided to make their relationship​ official - and tie the knot. With things beings so last minute, Melissa decided to call West Jordan City Hall to ask if anyone was available that could legally marry them. Little did she know the City's Mayor would be conducting her ceremony.



West Jordan High School Teacher Paints Mural to Boost Students’ Morale

The halls of West Jordan High School are scheduled to soon be filled with students​ once again and while they may be met with a lot of uncertainty, there is one thing waiting for them - aimed to give them hope.



“This Virus is a Beast” West Jordan Resident Shares Story after Contracting COVID-19.

Sitting in her daughter's home, LuAnn Schroeder fights through her airy, dry cough​ hoping she'll start feeling better soon. Two weeks ago, the 65-year-old West Jordan resident contracted COVID-19. 



Face Coverings now Required in Salt Lake County – City of West Jordan Following Guidelines

SLCo's request to require face coverings in public has been granted. The City of West Jordan will follow the direction of State and County health leaders.



Firework Restrictions - City of West Jordan 2020

The City of West Jordan is prohibiting the use of any ignition source, including fireworks, lighters, and matches, in certain areas of the city. Click the READ MORE link for more detailed information.



Mayor Dirk Burton responds to SLC protests

Yesterday morning my day started out early, working with neighborhood volunteers to help clean up a couple of the city’s smaller parks. As these residents made quick work of the job at hand, I took great pride in the community spirit demonstrated.


As you can imagine, my day ended quite differently. Though I stand with those who are outraged by the acts of racism that have taken place in our country and have chosen to peaceable protest, I was disheartened with the acts of criminal violence that took place in our State last night.


Yesterday afternoon, as protests turned to rioting, West Jordan Police Chief Ken Wallentine and I acted swiftly to offer Salt Lake City support in their time of need. Last night our officers served as backup, acting as rescue teams, for those suffering from acts of violence. I am grateful to them for heeding the call to assist their peers, the respectful manner they showcased in working with the public and their continued dedication to doing the right thing.


In addition to offering service to our neighbors in Salt Lake, we stepped up operations in our own city that will continue through the remainder of the weekend, to ensure a strong police presence should need arise.

I am appalled at how officers in other areas have acted out. Actions such as those have not, nor will they be, tolerated in the City of West Jordan. We are fortunate to have intelligent, well-trained officers in our city. I hope you will continue to join with me in support of their hard work and efforts.


Earlier this evening Chief Wallentine shared the following statement regarding the West Jordan Police Department. I stand by his words and hope you will take the time to read them.

-- Mayor Dirk Burton

To read a statement from WJPD Chief Ken Wallentine, click here.

To read a joint statement from the City of West Jordan and surrounding cities, who offered help to SLCPD over the weekend during the protests, click here.


7800 S Construction Update

Crews will be on site Thursday, May 28 and Friday, May 29 to complete collar work and installing curbs, traffic symbols, and crosswalks.

Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30 crews will be on site striping on the east side of 4000 West, west side of the airport intersection, and the north side of the airport intersection.

Traffic control will be there helping to keep cars moving. Thank you for your patience!


7800 S. Widening Project – milling, and asphalt placement scheduled – please plan alternate routes.

Beginning Thursday May 14, crews will start lowering manholes in preparation of milling on Saturday, May 16th. 

Milling grinds the asphalt down to prepare for final asphalt placement (think of it like scraping off the burnt layer of your toast before spreading the butter.) 

Areas being milled include: 

- 4000 W from 8000 S. to 7800 S.

- 7800 S. and 4000 W. intersection

- Intersection of 7800 S. and Airport Rd.

- Section of New Bingham Hwy. where the road transitions from Airport Rd. to 7800 S.

Asphalt placement is scheduled to begin Sunday, May 17. 

Drivers may encounter lane shifts, single-lane traffic in each direction, and flaggers. Crews ask that you please avoid the area.


COVID-19 Forces Cancellation of ‘Western Stampede’ Events

(WEST JORDAN) – Like many other cities around the state, the City of West Jordan has made the difficult decision to cancel its long-standing and largest event of the year; the Western Stampede. 


“This was a difficult decision, the Western Stampede is not only an event that brings people within our city together, but brings in people from all over the state,” said West Jordan Mayor, Dirk Burton. “Because of its popularity, we recognize it will be difficult to comply with social distancing guidelines, put forth by the health department. Our residents’ health and safety are our top priority.”


Mayor Burton held off on making the decision as long as possible, in hopes that State and County public health guidelines would be further relaxed. However, contractual agreements required a decision now. 


“In addition to concerns regarding social distancing at such a popular event, Salt Lake County is not currently accepting applications for mass gatherings,” Burton said. “We don’t know if or when those applications will be taken this summer. It’s important that the city not expend funds on an event that may not take place.”


The city has seen success over the last couple of weeks with socially distant events, like a flag display in Veterans Memorial Park and Friday night family flix, viewed at home utilizing Netflix. Planning is underway for additional activities that will take place through the end of the year. 


“I’ve asked staff to start looking forward to next year’s Western Stampede. We’ve already made plans to ensure it will be more spectacular than ever before,” said Mayor Burton. 


New Website Gives Resources to Families in Need, Families Who Want to Help

The Salt Lake County Health Department (SLCoHD) has rolled out a new website allowing individuals to find an emergency food storage organization near them.


Scheduled maintenance work will make roads more safe for vehicles and pedestrians

Starting Monday, May 4th through Friday, May 8th crews will be doing maintenance on street striping and cross walks at the following locations:

- 9000 South 1300 West

- New Bingham Hwy (Airport Rd. to 5600 West)

- 7000 South, Bangerter to Redwood Road.

All work will take place between 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

NO roads will be closed for this work, however drivers may encounter lane drops or lane shifts.


We ask that you please proceed cautiously through work zones and look out for workers. Thank you for your cooperation.


Mask Up – Wearing a Mask is Protecting Eachother

Utah businesses have been given the ‘OK’ to reopen this week, but there are some critical health guidelines that have been put in place by the State and the County, that businesses must follow. 


Changing Phases – Transitioning back to a “New Normal’

Utah will move from a high-risk phase to a moderate-risk phase starting this Friday, May 1. Governor Gary Herbert made the announcement today, sourcing the state’s ‘Utah Leads Together 2.0’ plan.



Due to unexpected utility conflicts - the storm drain work being done on 4000 W, 7800 S is being extended to Saturday, May 2. Please continue to avoid the area and use the detours listed here. 

Thank you for your patience!

How COVID-19 testing is being handled in West Jordan

It’s been months since COVID-19 was first declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization. Since then, the guidelines for how and where to get tested have dramatically changed. Now it’s much easier to get tested for the virus, in part, thanks to the number of tests the state of Utah has access to. 


Sysco to hold “Pop-Up/Stock-Up” event in West Jordan

Sysco Intermountain is best known for distributing food products to local restaurants, hospitals and schools, but as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the company is finding even more ways to deliver.



When: Monday, April 27, through Wednesday, April 29.
Where: 4000 W. southbound will close at 7800 South.
Why: The closure will accommodate storm drain line work that will take place in the southbound lane of travel.

Crews are asking that you please use alternate routes:
-Eastbound will detour to southbound Bangerter then W on 9000 So.
-Westbound 7800 Will detour to southbound 4800 W then east on 9000 So.
-Southbound Jordan Landing Blvd can detour to either Bangerter or 4800 W.

Thank you for your patience and please drive safely!


Happening Tonight - Signal Change Notice

Crews will be doing overnight work to install new traffic lights on 7800 S. 4000 W. They will begin work tonight (April 22) at 9 PM. The lights are expected to be up and running by Thursday morning (April 23) at 6 AM.

Police will be on scene overnight helping direct traffic, as only one lane will remain open in all directions.


A World United - International Flag Display

The City of West Jordan, in conjunction with the Colonial Flag Foundation, is posting flags of all the nations in the world in an effort to bring hope and healing to the community as we continue to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.


UPDATE: IN CUSTODY Police apprehend suspect in Butterfield double-homicide

UPDATE: Police have taken Albert Enoch Johnson into custody. He was apprehended in the Sacramento, California area this morning. Police are thanking the joint efforts from allied law enforcement authorities and the US Marshals Service in assisting with his apprehension.


West Jordan Police are naming 31-year-old Albert Enoch Johnson as a suspect in a Saturday morning shooting that left Tony and Katherine Butterfield dead. Police do not believe this crime was random, saying he knew the family and specifically targeted them.


Johnson is 5’10 and 270 pounds. He is believed to be driving a 2008 Toyota Corolla with a Utah license plate: V46-4MW. 


“Our detectives are working to find where he may be. We believe that the Butterfield’s were absolute true victims in this senseless act,” said West Jordan Police Sergeant J.C. Holt.


Sergeant Holt went on to say that Johnson likely has injuries to either his arms or legs consistent with a knife. The department asks that if you know anything about Johnson’s whereabouts to call 801-840-4000, you can remain anonymous.


The Butterfields leave behind three children. If you would like to donate to their family you can do so through a GoFundMe:


West Jordan: We're halfway there!

About 50% of our residents have responded to the 2020 census.

Did you know participating in the short questionnaire, provides money that goes toward education, school lunches, highways, hospitals, fire departments, and much more.

We challenge you to shape your future!

Still have questions? Click here


West Jordan Family Shines Light in a Time of Uncertainty

If you live near the Nash family, you know they go ALL out on Christmas lights. Now, four months later, their light display is back up and shining bright. 


CONSTRUCTION NOTICE: UDOT Signal Upgrades Affecting 6200 South, 7800 South, NBH

Throughout the month of April, UDOT will be making upgrades to signals on 6200 South, 7800 South and New Bingham Highway. All work is scheduled to take place in the shoulder. There are no anticipated travel lane restrictions, however traffic may be impacted. 

Residents are encouraged to use caution when traveling on these thoroughfares, watch for workers and slow when traveling through the area. 


Construction notice for Highland Loop Road.

At approximately 5600 West 7700 South the right/northbound lane through the roundabout is closed to accommodate work associated with the Highland Landing Development. This interruption is expected to be in place for the next 30-days. Please use caution when driving through the roundabout. 

Small Business Spotlight – High Point Coffee

When you first walk into High Point Coffee, it may look like any other coffee shop. It may smell like any other coffee shop. It isn’t until you walk up to the counter and order a drink that you realize this isn’t like other coffee shops. 


West Jordan Police Officers Lend a Helping Hand

In a time of uncertainty, there are some things that still remain certain: the Jordan School District will continue providing food to students, and West Jordan Police officers will be there to help. Caught on camera this week...


County-Wide Playground Closures in Effect

Salt Lake County has made the decision to close all public playgrounds to the public in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. This includes all playgrounds in the City of West Jordan.


The virus that causes COVID-19 can live on some surfaces for up to three days. Parks and trails will remain open - city and county leaders are still encouraging families to get outside for walks, bike rides, and some fresh air. 


“The safety of our residents is our city’s top priority,” said West Jordan City Mayor Dirk Burton. “We understand children want to get outside more than ever, and we encourage them to, but we ask they continue to maintain a safe distance from others. Let’s all work together to keep our community healthy.”


It is still encouraged for everyone to practice social distancing while still visiting public spaces.



Gas Line Break Forces Road Closure in West Jordan

(WEST JORDAN) - Crews are on the scene of a gas line break on 7800 South between Redwood Road and 1300 West. West Jordan Police say a construction crew hit the eight-inch gas line around 3 AM. No one was injured and Dominion Energy has capped the line. It is unknown when the road will reopen to all through traffic, in the meantime crews ask that drivers please avoid the area and find an alternate route. For the latest updates on this road closure follow The City of West Jordan’s Facebook and Twitter pages.


Census 2020 – How participating benefits YOU

The U.S. Census is conducted every decade to provide a picture of our nation’s growing population. The results help to determine the needs of the county and individual community. The census will count all U.S. residents, both citizens and non-citizens. The census will NOT ask you whether or not you are a U.S. citizen.


Mayor Burton Declares Local Emergency in Response to Coronavirus

WEST JORDAN (March 16, 2020) – Mayor Dirk Burton today declared a local emergency to strengthen preparation efforts against coronavirus (COVID-19). This move is being made to help the city respond more quickly and effectively to potential hardship due to the virus.


“The steps we are taking today are out of an abundance of caution,” said Mayor Dirk Burton.



City of West Jordan Responds to Coronavirus [March 13]

In cooperation with the state and county, the City of West Jordan is taking proactive measures to help mitigate the community spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). There are no confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the City of West Jordan and the Mayor has not declared a state of emergency.

The city will make some adjustments to its regular operations for the next two weeks based on recommendations provided by Utah Coronavirus Task Force and Governor Gary Herbert.

City facilities will remain open to provide essential services, like water, utilities, public safety and public works.

We will look for opportunities for employees to work from home. Residents can help facilitate this work by conducting their work with the city online or by phone.

The City has cancelled large city events, including Take a Walk in the Park and the annual Easter Egg Hunt out of an abundance of caution.

City facilities utilized for private events, like City Hall and Pioneer Hall will be closed. The City of West Jordan will work with those who have reservations in city facilities to postpone their event – full refunds will be offered on rentals cancelled in relation to COVID-19.

Salt Lake County has closed public facilities, including those in West Jordan. Residents will not have access to the public library, recreation or senior center through the end of March.

Jordan School District schools will not be in session and no students will attend in person for the next two weeks.


Getting to know one of West Jordan’s K9 Handlers – how five dogs help keep our community safe.

Officer Brett McMullin has worked for the City of West Jordan for six years, before that he worked as an animal control officer.

“I’ve actually wanted to be K9 handler my whole life,” said Officer McMullin. “I always wanted to be a police officer and I’ve always liked dogs, so I figured what better way than to do both things at the same time?”


Coronavirus – What you need to know and how the City of West Jordan is preparing

The City of West Jordan is actively working with County, State, and Federal authorities on coordinating efforts surrounding a response to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Residents have reached out wondering what they can do to keep their family and community healthy. To start, do not panic. The best thing to do is to stop the spread of germs using every day preventative actions.


Construction Notice

Construction is starting up again on the 7800 South project in West Jordan. Drivers will begin seeing delays and closures on Monday, March 9


West Jordan Teens Paving the way for Future Football Players

The future of football may be changing, and that may be, in part, due to an all-girls tackle football league in Utah. This league is the only girls tackle-football league in the entire country and soon they could be a household name.


West Jordan Woman Gives One of the Greatest Gifts- Life.

Drea Richardson doesn’t call herself a hero but after hearing the sacrifices this military veteran, mother, and West Jordan resident has made— you may disagree with her.


Do You Know: Salt Storage and Use in West Jordan

The City of West Jordan uses two types of salt for snow removal: Type “C” (white) road salt and Redmond (a reddish in color) high-performance road salt.


West Jordan Crew Receives Award for Work on Wild West Jordan Playground

At first glance, you’d probably assume that the sign welcoming families to the Wild West Jordan Playground is made from wood. Maybe your next guess would be plastic or fiberglass, but that isn’t the answer either. This 7,000 lb. entrance sign is made from...


West Jordan Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment appoint new Members

The City of West Jordan is welcoming new members to its Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment. The Planning Commission reviews, approves and/or recommends approval of land use applications within the City to ensure neighborhood livability and commercial vitality. The new members are as follows:


City of West Jordan Police Officer receives NAACP First Responder Award

Officer Kim Waelty, a 20-plus year law enforcement veteran, was presented the NAACP First Responder Award on Monday, January 20.

After completing a successful 20-year career in the West Valley City police department, Officer Waelty started to work with the West Jordan police department as a part-time background investigator. She then decided to jump back into policing full-time.


A Man of Many Hats

Mayor Dirk Burton prides himself in many things; his family, his job, and his ability to lift people’s spirits.

“I found that I feel better when people around me feel better,” said Mayor Burton.

This philosophy started when the Mayor spent some time in the hospital when he was 17-years-old. 


West Jordan to Swear-in Five Councilmembers, First Strong Mayor

West Jordan to Swear-in Five Councilmembers, First Strong Mayor


When:            Monday, January 6, 2020 - 5:30 PM

Where:          West Jordan City Hall – 8000 S. Redwood Rd.

Who:              Mayor-elect Dirk Burton and Councilmembers Chris McConnehey,
Kelvin Green, Melissa Worthen, Zach Jacob, and David Pack


2020 brings new leaders and a new form of government for the City of West Jordan. In 2017, residents voted to adopt a mayor-council form, or ‘strong mayor’ form of government. 

Newly-elected Mayor, Dirk Burton, supports the change saying he’s optimistic about the direction West Jordan is taking.

“As a Councilmember for four years, I’ve long recognized that residents are the city’s customer. That’s why one of the key campaign promises I made was to make our city more responsive the residents – a promise I can live up to as the first Mayor of West Jordan to manage city government on a day-to-day basis,” he said.

Guardian Angels Dressed in Neon Yellow

“No two streets are the same,” said Cindy Jacobsen. 

Jacobsen is the Crossing Guard Supervisor for West Jordan City. She knows a thing, or two, about crossing guards because she worked as one for a few decades. Today, she supervises close to 100 crossing guards in the city. Those 100 people help thousands of children get to and from school almost every weekday.


Statement Regarding Threat of School Violence in West Jordan, November 8, 2019

(WEST JORDAN, UT) – On Thursday, November 7, West Jordan Police Department became aware of a threat of school violence involving a student who attends school in the City of West Jordan. Detectives worked late into the night to identify the juvenile suspect. The suspect was located, interviewed and booked into a secure detention facility.

“We believe there is no remaining threat to students in any of our schools,” said Police Chief Ken Wallentine.


4,500 Trees Breath New Life into West Jordan

Dozens of volunteers spent the last few days of October planting thousands of young trees in West Jordan along the Jordan River. Ivory Homes donated 4,500 of those new trees, which volunteers planted one-by-one.


Join the City of West Jordan October 17, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. for a ribbon-cutting event and public debut of the Wild West Jordan Playground (1825 West 8000 South, West Jordan). One of the largest all-abilities playgrounds in Utah, this site features something for everyone. The wild west themed play space features a dozen slides, a custom “old west” train, over 15 shade structures and hundreds of feet of wheelchair accessible walkways that rise to nine feet in height – the highest in Utah!

Southwest Salt Lake County Mayors to Host Vision and Growth Strategy Kickoff Meeting


Southwest Salt Lake County mayors, along with the county mayor, will host a vision and growth strategy kickoff meeting with stakeholders to discuss the visioning study commissioned by their respective municipalities. Details on the study such as project goals, process, schedule and community involvement will be discussed. The group of mayors will release a statement to the media at the event’s conclusion and be on hand for a photo opportunity.



Mayors of Copperton (Sean Clayton), Bluffdale (Derk Timothy), Herriman (Jared Henderson, mayor pro tempore), Riverton (Trent Staggs), Salt Lake County (Jenny Wilson), South Jordan (Dawn Ramsey) and West Jordan (Jim Riding) will host a meeting with community stakeholders to discuss the visioning study that will be taking place in southwest Salt Lake County. Representatives from Wasatch Front Regional Council and consultants from Logan Simpson will also be in attendance.


Media representatives are encouraged to attend.



Monday, August 12, 2019, 4-5:30 p.m.



Intermountain Riverton Hospital, Education Center (Riverton/Herriman Conference Rooms), 3741 W 12600 S, Riverton, Utah 84065


With an unprecedented level of coordination, mayors of Copperton, Bluffdale, Herriman, Riverton, South Jordan and West Jordan have come together to plan for the future of southwest Salt Lake County. The mayors first began meeting as a group in 2018 following the Olympia Hills development that was initially approved by the Salt Lake County Council, but ultimately vetoed by the county mayor. Since that time the “Southwest Mayors Coalition” has met monthly to discuss vision, set shared priorities, and to identify ways how their cities can think regionally and act locally. The group has commissioned Logan Simpson, a planning firm, to complete a regional visioning and growth study for southwest Salt Lake County. The study will cost approximately $250,000. The project has been largely funded with generous support from the Transportation and Land Use Connection Program and Salt Lake County.

9400 South Renamed Fullmer Lane in Honor of Fullmer Family

The Cities of South Jordan and West Jordan are pleased to announce the renaming of 9400 South from 1700 West through 2200 West as Fullmer Lane.


The Fullmer brothers, Gene, Jay, and Don, were known for their boxing careers. When Gene won the world middleweight boxing championship on January 2, 1957, he got the attention of the sports industries and the nation.


“West Jordan and South Jordan kind of came alive, I think, as result of them boxing,” said Brad Fullmer, Don Fullmer’s son.


The City of West Jordan and South Jordan’s Historic Preservation Committee are proud to honor the Fullmer family by renaming the street, which serves as a border between the two cities, and on which much of the family lived and trained.


“The Fullmers were a big part of West Jordan and we are happy to join South Jordan in renaming 9400 South to honor their family name,” said West Jordan Mayor Jim Riding.


Gene was inducted into the 1970 Charter Class of the Utah Sports Hall of Fame, Don was inducted into the 1999 Utah Sports Hall of Fame, and Jay was honored with a Utah Hall of Fame Distinguished Service award in 2012. Gene also received numerous international awards.


“They left a great legacy and their family continues to leave that legacy today. It’s an honor to be a part of South Jordan with people like this,” said Don Rees, member of the South Jordan’s Historic Preservation Committee.


Part of the legacy Rees is referring to is the tradition of working with youth at the Fullmer Brothers Boxing Gym. Youth can use the gym, currently located at 2200 West and 11000 South, free of charge. The more than 2,000 youth who’ve used the gym, many of whom are considered “at-risk,” not only learn the sport, but receive valuable mentorship.

“There are many youth that struggle today, both with social media and social activities. These youth learn something that can help them not only just as fighters, but it can also help them become better citizens,” Rees said.


The Fullmer family has recently acquired land they’ll use to build a new gym, to continue to serve the youth, and at which they’ll be able to hold tournaments. Through the Fullmer Legacy Foundation, the family will soon begin fundraising to get the funds to build the new gym.


“It was Dad’s and those guy’s dying wish that we don’t charge anybody to ever come into that gym, so they wanted us to keep it running and don’t charge them,” said Brad Fullmer.


In the new gym, which they hope to get built within 2 years, there will be a study hall and a computer lab where kids can do their homework.

West Jordan City Restricts Fireworks in Some Areas of the City

West Jordan City is prohibiting the use of any ignition source, including fireworks, lighters and matches, in certain areas of the city (see list below and attached map). It is a Class B Misdemeanor to violate these restrictions and may result in penalties of up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. The Fire Department will be providing extra patrols and assisting the Police Department with the enforcement of the restrictions.


Restricted areas include:

  1. All areas west of SR-111 (also known as U-111 and the Bacchus Highway within West Jordan City limits).

  2. All areas within 200 feet of the Jordan River Parkway Trail east of 1300 West.

  3. All areas within 200 feet of the area commonly referred to as Clay Hollo Wash that runs east and west in the area of 7800 South (approximately 4800 West to SR-111).

  4. All areas within 200 feet of Bingham Creek, located near Old Bingham Highway running the length of the east/west boundaries within West Jordan.

  5. All city parks, unless a permit has been obtained for a professional display.


The wet spring has provided an opportunity for weeds and field grasses to grow and have combined with the warmer conditions to create a fire hazard. As such, it is time to recognize this danger and do what we can to prevent injury and property loss from fire. Therefore, we are issuing this notice of fireworks restriction.


Salt Lake County has also designated lands in the unincorporated areas of the county that are consistent with these restrictions. The Fire Marshal and Fire Department put these restrictions in place to help keep people and property safe and encourage people to attend the city’s professional fireworks show in Veterans Memorial Park on July Fourth at 10:00PM.


The Fire Department will continue to monitor environmental conditions in the coming weeks and could add additional fireworks restrictions. Fireworks may be discharges according to state code between the dates of July 2-5 and July 22-25 in non-restricted areas. Also, fireworks can only be discharged between 11:00AM to 11:00PM July 2-5 and July 22-25 with the time extended to midnight on July 4 and 24.


For more information, please contact Fire Marshal Paul Brockbank at 801-260-7300 or email

The West Jordan City Council recently entered into a $10,000 service agreement with ChamberWest recognizing them as the city’s official chamber of commerce. The new membership saves the city $38,000 per year and gives the city membership in a larger chamber of commerce with a regional presence.

“We look forward to working with ChamberWest to promote West Jordan’s business culture and a positive business environment,” Mayor Jim Riding said. “ChamberWest is well respected and knows how to work effectively and develop productive partnerships with the business community and civic and political leaders.”

ChamberWest is a regional chamber that serves 350,000 individuals and is available to serve approximately 9,000 businesses that operate in West Jordan, Taylorsville, West Valley City and Kearns. The ChamberWest agreement includes a Shop Local partnership, strategies to foster a successful business environment, access to ChamberWest’s influential Legislative Affairs Committee, and more.

“We believe partnerships and collaboration between businesses, community members, and civic leaders are key to strengthening our region,” ChamberWest President Barbara Riddle said. “We offer strong programs benefiting businesses of all sizes as they work to strengthen the business community, represent the interest of business with government, promote the community, build business relationships, and engage in political action.”

In August 2018, the City Council requested the Economic Development Department reevaluate the city’s chamber service agreement. As a result, the city drafted a request for proposal aimed to maximize public funds and look at the city’s economic goals. After going through the RFP/bid process, ChamberWest was selected as the official chamber of commerce on Jan. 9. 

To learn more, call Kim Wells at 801-569-5163 or Barbara Riddle at 801-977-8755.

West Jordan City Manager David Brickey is pleased to propose Derek Maxfield as the city’s new fire chief. Maxfield will go before the City Council Jan. 9 for an official vote. Maxfield recently served as Deputy Fire Chief/Chief Operations Officer for the Sandy City Fire Department. He replaces interim Chief Chris Trevino who was appointed in November 2018.

“Chief Maxfield is a third-generation firefighter who has worked his way up through the ranks,” said Brickey. “He is a well-respected leader who will be an asset to our department and our growing city. We are thrilled to welcome him to our city.”


Maxfield began his career in fire service more than 20 years ago with the Salt Lake County Fire Department. He has spent the past 18 years with the Sandy City Fire Department where he started as a firefighter/paramedic. He then rose through the ranks to engineer, captain, fire marshal, battalion chief and, most recently, chief of operations for the department’s 75 employees.


“I have great respect for the West Jordan Fire Department and am looking forward to building on the good things that are in place,” said Maxfield. “I know the challenges a growing community faces and will work hard to equip our department so they can respond safely and protect our residents.”


“Chief Maxfield is a great fit for the position,” said Mayor Jim Riding. “I am confident in his vision for the department and in his leadership abilities. He is a strong administrator who will balance the needs of the department while maintaining public trust.”


Maxfield holds a Master of Public Administration from Brigham Young University, a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from the University of Utah, and an Associate in Fire Science from Utah Valley State College. He is also a Chief Fire Officer and a certified paramedic. 

The West Jordan Fire Department has 88 firefighters and four fire stations to serve the city’s 114,000 residents. West Jordan is the fourth-largest city in the state. For more information, contact Kim Wells at 801-569-5163 or email Kim.Wells@WestJordan.Utah.Gov.

WEST JORDAN, UT – The City of West Jordan and PayPal are moving forward with plans to partner on a data center at 3333 W. 9000 South, the site of the former Fairchild Semiconductor facility, which closed in 2014. The city’s Redevelopment Agency is working with PayPal and various taxing entities to complete an agreement to bring PayPal to West Jordan.


“PayPal is excited to work with the City of West Jordan and other governing bodies to develop a mutually beneficial data center project in Salt Lake County,” said Don McDaniel, PayPal Project Lead. “PayPal aims to have a positive impact in every community where we have a presence, and West Jordan is no different.”


Previously named “Project Pepper River,” the proposed project agreement focuses on a partial rebate of $6.8 million of personal property tax from PayPal’s data storage equipment for a 10-year period. The company anticipates installing server equipment valued at $663 million and also expects to employ 20 people at the site.


“This project is a good fit for our community because it involves a significant capital investment but does not place a heavy burden on our schools or roads,” said Mayor Jim Riding. “We are thrilled to see this building repurposed and are eager to welcome PayPal to our community.”


PayPal is in negotiations to be a tenant of Aligned Energy, which purchased the Fairchild property in March and converted it to a data center. Additional tenants are also expected to occupy the building. The PayPal facility plans to use 100 percent renewable energy by 2021.


“This project is about investment in the local community and diversifying the city’s tax base,” said Economic Development Director Kent G. Andersen. “We expect PayPal to act as an anchor tenant to bring additional tech companies to the community, further expanding the city’s high-tech profile.”


The RDA has been meeting with various taxing entities since October. The Board of Education of the Jordan School District unanimously supported the project at their Nov. 27 meeting. The project goes before the Salt Lake County Council today at 2 p.m. It will then go before the Utah State School Board of Education Thursday, Dec. 6. Final approval is scheduled for consideration by the city’s RDA board at their meeting tentatively set for Jan. 9, 2019.


For more information, contact Kim Wells at 801-569-5163 or kimw@WestJordan.Utah.Gov.​

WEST JORDAN, UT – West Jordan City Manager David Brickey is pleased to propose Ken Wallentine as the city’s new chief of police. Wallentine will go before the City Council on Oct. 24 for an official vote. Wallentine recently served as a special agent for the Utah Attorney General, where he directed the use of force and virtual reality training center and served as the senior advisor for the Officer-Involved Fatality Investigation Team. He is also the chairman of the Peace Officer Merit Commission of Greater Salt Lake County.

“Chief Wallentine brings a wealth of experience to West Jordan,” said Mayor Jim Riding. “He is a well-rounded leader who will help mentor our department. I’m confident he will be a great asset to our community.” 

Wallentine began his career in law enforcement more than 35 years ago as a police officer and has served in many roles over the years. He consults nationally on use of force issues and h