Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder began his speech Wednesday by standing to the side of the podium and cracking jokes. But just minutes later, his face hardened and his voice brimmed with righteous indignation.
"People are angry. They're being fed a line that government is broken," Winder said. "Government is not broken. Government is why this society continues to function."
Winder's comments came during his keynote speech at the American Society for Public Administration's annual awards banquet in Salt Lake City. The ASPA honored Winder during the banquet with the Arthur V. Watkins Distinguished Service Award. The award honors elected officials who, through exceptional commitment, skill and integrity, serve the public with special distinction.