Springville City Animal Control Officer James (Jim) Barker was recently named Officer of the Year by the Utah Animal Control Officers Association.
The award was presented to Barker during the 2015 UACOA annual conference held Feb. 18-20 in St. George.
Barker was hired full time as Springville’s only animal control offi cer in November of 1997. “For over 17 years Jim has been a dedicated worker of the highest caliber,” wrote Springville Chief of Police J. Scott Finlayson in a letter nominating Barker for the award. “Jim is committed to his work as an animal control offi cer and is always willing to assist police offi cers with special assignments or incidents. Jim is always pleasant to be around and to work with. I have never had a complaint about his work or his interaction with the public.”
Barker served as a UACOA board member from 2000 to 2004 and then was elected president of the association, serving in that position for 12 years.