Jared Garcia has 21 years of public safety service within the State of Utah. He began his career in 2002 when he was hired by the Utah Department of Public Safety.
He served in a variety of roles at the Utah Highway Patrol and State Bureau of Investigation. Garcia oversaw the UHP Central Bureau, which includes Troopers in Salt Lake County and the DUI Squad. He also oversaw the SERT tactical team, the Motor Squad, the Dive Team, and the Public Order Unit.
Previously, Garcia was a captain in charge of the State Bureau of Investigation, which investigates all types of criminal activity, from terrorism and homicide to sexual assault, gang activity, narcotics, and property crime. He also has overseen the Department of Public Safety’s Victim Services program, the Youth Narcotics Task Force, and the Narcotics and Violent Crime Evidence Response Team, among other responsibilities.
In 2017, Garcia was named an International Association of Chiefs of Police “40 Under 40,” an award that recognizes 40 law enforcement professionals under the age of 40 from around the world who demonstrate leadership and exemplify commitment to their Profession.
Garcia has served as the Chief of Police in Moab, Utah since May 0f 2022. He has also served on the governing boards for the Salt Lake Area Gang Project, Utah Trafficking in Persons Task Force, and the Utah Crime Victim Council.
Garcia obtained a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College in Criminal Justice Administration and a master’s degree from University of San Diego with an emphasis in law enforcement and public safety leadership.