Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill Feb. 28 announced that he will seek a third term for the post.
Gill, whose parents were in attendance for his announcement, spoke to a group of people that included Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, former Sheriff Jim Winder and former Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank — all of whom were there to endorse the incumbent district attorney, according to a Deseret News report.
The announcement was the Indian American Democrat’s way of putting to bed speculation that he would seek another office, the report said.
"My goal was not to come here for a short period of time and then move to some other political thing,” Gill said at the announcement, according to the publication. “I came here to work in a long-term relationship with my other institutional partners to make a substantive, permanent change. And because the work is still there, and I'm still excited about it, and my community has been very supportive, I'm here to finish the job," he said.
Gill said his goal is to prepare his office for Salt Lake County's continuous population growth. To do that, he said the county needs someone willing to have "hard, honest, necessary" conversations with the community, the report said.
"It is not simply enough to throw out empty political phrases of being tough on crime, taking no prisoners rhetoric,” he added. “Our community and citizens have witnessed this before, and frankly, no longer believe in them, nor in the leadership that is empty of courage, conviction, compassion or of the fear of truth that public service demands.”
Burbank, who has known Gill for over 20 years, said while the two didn't always see eye to eye on some issues, he always felt that Gill would earnestly take the former chief's viewpoint into consideration, which is something Burbank greatly valued, according to the report.
Winder praised Gill for several of his initiatives, including coming up with the current protocol for investigating officer-involved shootings.
McAdams complimented Gill's leadership and the transparency of his office, it added.
Gill, who moved to the United States from his native India when he was 10, said part of living the American dream is the privilege of service.
"This is my town. I'm a public prosecutor. This is how I serve my community. When I ran here, I ran to get the job done, not as a means to another political office," he said.
"I was born in a Third World country. So while it may sound corny to some people, it really means something substantive to me. I know what poverty feels like. I know what corruption does to a community. I know what injustice does to the loss of dignity for people of a society," he added, the report said.
According to his Wikipedia page, Gill graduated from the University of Utah with a B.A. degree in history and philosophy. He received his J.D. degree and certificate of specialization in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Gill was admitted to the Utah Bar in 1993.