Sheriff Kelly V. Sparks—a former Davis County Sheriff’s Office deputy and long-term law enforcement professional—was elected in 2018 and sworn into office in January 2019.
Sheriff Sparks began his law enforcement career with Davis County Sheriff’s Office in 1983, at the Davis County Jail. Upon graduation from the Utah Police Academy and Weber State Paramedic School, he worked in Patrol as a deputy sheriff/paramedic. During his 23-year career with Davis County Sheriff’s Office, Sparks served in a variety of special assignments to include SWAT commander, hostage negotiator, defensive tactics instructor, EMT instructor, public information officer, and, for four years, he served as Chief Deputy. He was also a flight paramedic for Intermountain Life Flight.
Sparks spent two years as the director of Weber State University’s Police Academy, after which he was appointed as the deputy director of the Utah Department of Public Safety’s Peace Officer Standards and Training division.
Sparks is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, and has a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and a Master in Criminal Justice—both degrees were completed at Weber State University.
Sparks is a life-long resident of Davis County and, when he’s not working, he’s enjoying the blessings of his wife, children and grandchildren.