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Interview: Ken Wallentine
Ken Wallentine is the Chief of the West Jordan (Utah) Police Department. Ken is the former Chief of Law Enforcement for the Utah Attorney General, having served over three decades in public safety. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for the Prevention of In-Custody Death. Chief Wallentine serves as a use of force consultant in state and federal criminal and civil litigation across the nation. He has achieved the prestigious Force Science Advanced Specialist® certification.
Chief Wallentine directed the Attorney General Training Center, overseeing use of force training and de-escalation training program, and he was a Senior Advisor to the Officer-Involved Critical Incident Investigation Team. He formerly served as Bureau Chief of the POST Investigations Bureau and as Administrative Counsel for Utah Department of Public Safety. A law enforcement officer since 1982, he has also been a practicing public attorney. In 2010, Governor Gary Herbert selected Chief Wallentine for the Governor’s Award of Excellence for Outstanding Public Service.
Interview: Allison Foust
Allison Foust, MHA, CHES, serves as the Suicide Prevention Administrator at the Utah Department of Human Services (DHS) in the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH). Allison provides oversight for the state coalition, the Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition, and is responsible for the implementation of the Utah Suicide Prevention State Plan. She works to guide and support community leaders and organizations by engaging them in evidence-based strategies. Allison has a passion for public health and prevention science. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and holds a Master’s degree in Health Administration from Weber State University.
Interview: Javier Alegre
Javier Alegre is the executive director of Latino Behavioral Health Services. He is new to his position with LBHS, having previously worked for USARA. LBHS is a nonprofit, grassroots organization created to minimize the disparities in access to mental health services among the underserved Latino population of Utah. MaryJo McMillen made the motion to approve Javier’s application, James Park seconded; the motion passed unanimously.