Hugs were shared, as well as stories, as the Richfield City Police Department bid farewell to Dale Eyre, Sevier County’s attorney for the past 12 years.
“I really have enjoyed this,” Eyre said. He said while he has loved the job, it is time to move on due to personal and family reasons.
“Everyone has been great here,” Eyre said. He praised the police officers, fellow attorneys, judges and the people in the community at large.
“It’s not really something I wanted to do, but it is something I needed to do,” Eyre said. He has accepted a position with the Utah County Attorney’s Office as a prosecutor.
Eyre is tentatively set to end his time in the county office in December.
As the county attorney, Eyre has had to fulfill several functions. First is as the county’s prosecutor, putting him in charge of all criminal cases filed in the county. Through the years, Eyre’s office has dealt with everything from minor traffic violations to murder.
“The Ed Callison case was one of the most interesting ones we dealt with,” Eyre said. “Everyone pulled together and made the pieces fall into place. It was one we can look back on and say, ‘we won that.’”
Callison entered a guilty plea to a charge of first-degree murder of his wife, Melanie Lynn Daniels, in 2014. Callison admitted in open court to giving Daniels a lethal cocktail of drugs, and then dismembering her and burning her remains. He then told police that Daniels had left him to go to California in an attempt to cover up the crime, according to court documents.
Investigators were only ever able to find a few charred bones.
However, working with officers from the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office, Richfield City Police Department as well as the state crime lab, Eyre’s office was able to put together a strong case.
While working as the county attorney, Eyre was known for having an open door policy with officers, and even riding along with cops to learn about their jobs.
“It was awesome having him with us,” said Sgt. Scott Hatch, Richfield City Police Department.
“Dale has been a great help, mentor and working partner,” said Sevier County Sheriff Nate Curtis. He said Eyre has always been willing to work with police officers.
“We might not always agree, but we could always talk it through and find common ground,” Curtis said. “It’s always hard to lose someone good.”
Eyre has spent a lot of effort to make the community better and safer, Curtis said.
“He’s been great to work with and has hired good people to help him,” Curtis said. “We hate to lose him, but he is leaving us in a good spot.”
“I thought we’d lose him to a judgeship before losing him to another agency,” said Lt. Clay Morgan, Utah Highway Patrol. “He’s the most caring and concerned prosecutor I have ever worked with. He just wants to be involved and was willing to do anything.”
Working with the local officers provided plenty of stress, but also moments of levity, Eyre said.
“Whenever I called him he’d always answer the phone by saying, ‘this can’t be good,”’ said Chief Trent Lloyd, RCPD. He said he’s appreciated being able to work with Eyre’s office through the years.
However, not everything Eyre did revolved around late night phone calls from police officers. He also had to provide legal services to the county.
Eyre has helped Sevier County navigate legal issues ranging from RS2477 roads to power plants and even lawsuits.
Eyre has two deputy attorneys who help with the caseload — Casey Jewkes and Mandy Larsen.
Jewkes started in the county attorney’s office shortly before Eyre took over, and has been with him ever since.
“For the past 13 years, I’ve worked for the most amazing boss,” Jewkes said. “He cares about his colleagues, his neighbors and his community.”
Jewkes said many nights Eyre stayed late after work because someone was in his office, needing to talk about a pending case or sometimes a personal issue.
“He’s a great listener,” Jewkes said. “He listens, he considers what you’re saying, and then he gives good counsel ... He’s not only taught me to be a better attorney, but also to be a better person.”
Jewkes said Eyre also has a keen legal mind, which has benefited the county on more than one occasion.
“I’ll miss everything,” Larsen said of Eyre’s pending departure.
Larsen started off her legal career as a defense attorney, working on the opposite side of the aisle from Eyre. She then joined Eyre’s office five years ago. She said she’s enjoyed working with Eyre in both capacities.
Eyre took over the job of county attorney after running for the position in 2006. Prior to that, Eyre served as deputy county attorney to Don Brown. He also worked as an attorney privately.