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Davis Journal

Fielding has spent his career serving others

Feb 01, 2021 09:04AM ● By Becky Ginos

FARMINGTON—For 42 years Capt. Kevin Fielding has dedicated his career to protecting and serving the people of Davis County, now it’s time to turn over that responsibility to someone else. Fielding retired from the Sheriff’s Office last week.

“He started out working in the jail,” said Sheriff Kelly Sparks. “But most of his career was in the crime lab. He was one of two crime lab techs that served the entire county.”

He was a very good crime scene investigator, said Sparks. “He was really good at that job. He was kind of ahead of his time. He had a real knack for coming on a crime scene and seeing things others might miss and putting together the story of what happened through photography and evidence.”

Fielding was also on the Davis County SWAT team, he said. “He moved through the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain and Chief Deputy. He taught many, many officers and lots of police departments about investigating crime scenes.”

He was also instrumental in solving a cold case, Sparks said. “He was able to reanalyze it using new technology to successfully solve that homicide.”

Before his retirement, Fielding was overseeing the emergency and court services division. “Emergency management was a big job in 2020,” said Sparks. “Previous to that he was over our investigations division. He’s one of those guys that are well liked around the county.”

Kevin has been an icon around here for decades, said Capt. Susan Poulsen. “He’s always been a great friend, someone I could count on.”

Poulsen said he was a great resource when she was asked to compile a history of the department. “He helped with all the pictures and documentation. He’s seen a lot. He was able to identify people in the pictures that none of us knew. He gave a great deal of information to me, he was a mentor in the project.”

In addition to his work with the Sheriff’s Office, Fielding also worked with the Davis School District in the security building monitoring controls. “We monitor 110 buildings,” said Bruce Christensen, building controls lead manager for the district. “They watch for anything like theft, fire or if someone breaks into a school. If something comes up they dispatch from this location.”

When he’s not working, his hobby is restoring old vehicles, said Christensen. “He rebuilt the steam engine at the American Heritage Center in Cache Valley. He’s always up there helping out. He also worked on the steam engines at the Golden Spike.”

“He’s been a friend throughout the years,” said Poulsen. “He’s someone I could go to for advice. He’s a good, solid person.”

He’ll definitely be missed, she said. “He’ll be a hard act to follow. It’s tough to lose that much wisdom and experience. I feel like I’ve been here forever and it’s only 22 years – half of his time. We’ve been blessed to have Kevin around as long as we have.”