Bountiful Police Chief named to State Records CommitteeNov 10, 2021 11:13AM ● By Tom Haraldsen
Ed Biehler takes the oath of office from Brianna Ravarino from the Utah Department of Government Operations as he becomes a member of the State Records Committee. Photo by Tom Haraldsen
Bountiful City Chief of Police Ed Biehler has been confirmed as a member of Utah’s State Records Committee. His nomination was approved by the Utah State Senate and he took the oath of office on Oct. 28.
The SRC was established in 1992 by the Utah Legislature under the Government Records Access and Management Act, known as GRAMA. It meets monthly to hear appeals of government determinations to deny access to records. The denials can be based on restricted classification or for other reasons, including an unreasonable denial of a request for a fee waiver. All committee decisions and orders are available online.
The seven-member committee is, by state statute, comprised of the director of the Division of Archives and Records Service or his or her designee, a representative from the Utah League of Cities and Towns, a media representative, a private sector record manager, two citizen representatives and an individual with expertise in electronics records and databases. Biehler is serving in that latter capacity on the committee. Each appointee is chosen for a four-year term which can be renewed for an additional term if approved.
Biehler was chosen earlier this year to serve as Police Chief after longtime chief Tom Ross was appointed as Executive Director of the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice. Biehler has spent his entire 25-year law enforcement career as an officer with the Bountiful PD, and served as Assistant Chief under Ross.
The SRC meets on Thursdays one time a month, with the next meeting set for Nov. 18 at the State Office Building in Taylorsville. The committee’s agendas are always posted on the state’s Public Notice Website at https://www.utah.gov/pmn/