Media Advisory: Director Retirement Announcement
Major J. Scott Stephenson, Director of Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Announces His Retirement After 14 Years of Leadership
Director Stephenson announced he will be retiring from his leadership position at POST starting August, 2022. Major J. Scott Stephenson served as the Director of POST for almost fifteen years. Scott is also an adjunct professor at the Salt Lake Community College and Weber State University in the areas of ethics, ethical leadership, excited delirium, crisis intervention, patrol tactics (including canine deployment), and conflict resolution /de-escalation.
Scott is a seasoned administrator and is responsible for developing and delivering police training curriculum, investigating officer misconduct, and collaborating with Utah senators and representatives to create prudent laws and policy for Utah’s law enforcement. He has served as member of multiple boards, committees and councils during his career and currently serves as a member of the Utah Prosecution Council, representing law enforcement and the Utah Department of Public Safety Commissioner’s Office.
“Although we are saddened to lose such a great leader in our administration, we are deeply grateful for Major Stephenson’s fourteen and half years as the Director of POST and twenty eight years of service in law enforcement. Throughout his time at DPS he has excelled all expectations and we wish him well in all future endeavors, we know he will continue to accomplish great things.” -Commissioner Jess L. Anderson, Utah Department of Public Safety
DPS Director of Communications and Public Affairs