Summit County, Utah, encompasses approximately 2,000 square miles including portions of two major mountain ranges and the resort travel destination of Park City. Summit County was originally an agricultural and mining community that later developed oil and gas resources. During the last 30 years, the mining town of Park City has become a premier resort destination in the United States and the world. Park City and Summit County, with a population of approximately 43,000 residents, hosts millions of visitors per year traveling from all parts of the world. Current and former heads-of-state, major business leaders, and entertainment celebrities are common visitors.
Sheriff Edmunds commands an office of 120 employees with a budget exceeding 10 million. In addition, he oversees a volunteer search and rescue force of 100 personnel — who are routinely tasked with some of the most hazardous rescues in the country.
Sheriff Edmunds was elected to the office of sheriff in November of 2002, after completing his duties as venue commander for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. The Olympic Games were the highest-level special security event ever held in the United States. Forty-percent of the sporting venues, most of the special events, and many guests were in Park City and Summit County throughout the games. Sheriff Edmunds acted as the venue commander for the Park City Mountain Resort, which continuously hosted events, including snowboarding, skiing, freestyle and ski jumping. As commander, he fused together volunteer law enforcement officers from many jurisdictions along with community volunteers. Considerable federal funding was carefully allocated to produce a flawless 22-day event.
In the spring of 2005, Sheriff Edmunds was selected to attend the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia (221st Session). Recognized by Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, Sheriff Edmunds was appointed to Utah’s Peace Officer Standards and Training Council in November of 2005 — a position he currently holds. He also serves on the executive boards of the Summit-Wasatch Children’s Justice Center and the Utah Sheriffs’ Association. Sheriff Edmunds holds a bachelor’s of science degree from Weber State University. Sheriff Edmunds also holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Utah.
Sheriff Edmunds has been married to his wife, Shana, since 1993; together they have four daughters. Sheriff Edmunds has a brother who is a former United States Secret Service (USSS) agent, and a brother-in-law who currently serves as special agent with United States Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DSS). Sheriff Edmunds’ father served as an officer and aircraft commander (captain) in the United States Air Force (USAF) during Vietnam.