As a Utah native living in Summit County, I have over nineteen years of law enforcement service. I joined the Summit County Sheriff’s Office in 2005 and was promoted to the rank of Captain over the Operations Bureau in 2012. Since 2013, I have been the sole Bureau Chief and currently command close to 100 sworn and civilian employees and oversee all divisions within the Sheriff’s Office. I am responsible for the day-to-day operations and logistics of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

Over the span of my law enforcement career, I have successfully held supervisory positions as a Division Commander, Patrol Sergeant, Watch Commander, SWAT Team Leader, Honor Guard Team Leader, and Training Coordinator. I have also served as a motorcycle officer, bike patrol officer, traffic officer, and lead detective.

In 2003, I was handpicked from hundreds of applicants to establish the new Draper City Police Department. During this inaugural year, I was awarded the Officer of the Year. I have also been the recipient of three prestigious life saving medals.

Prior to my law enforcement career, I served a military tour of duty in the United States Coast Guard. I successfully completed air crewman flight candidate school and served as a helicopter air crewman. I was awarded numerous medals and citations before being honorably discharged from the military.

I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Service Management Administration from Utah Valley University. I am married to my best friend, Holli, and have two beautiful daughters, Arica and Alyssa. My hobbies include fly-fishing, camping, skiing, and attending University of Utah football games as a season ticket holder.


“The safety and security of Summit County has been my principal passion for more than a decade, so I have more than a fleeting interest in the race for sheriff. Justin is the only candidate with an unblemished record of innovative public service, and that’s why he is, by far, the best option to succeed me as your sheriff.”
~ Sheriff David A. Edmunds, Sheriff of Summit County, Oakley, Utah
“I support Justin because he has shown, time and time again, a commitment to public safety and a sincere respect for the citizens of Summit County.”
~ Kim Carson, Summit County Council Member
“I have had the pleasure of working with Justin Martinez for the last 18 months and I am impressed with his skills as one of the key leaders in the Summit County Sheriff's Department. He is a thoughtful, highly experienced and strategic law enforcement executive and I think he will make an excellent Summit County Sheriff.”
~ Roger Armstrong, Summit County Council Member
“Justin and I have worked together for many years. He is a natural leader and has a very good understanding of the unique needs of Summit County. These are some of the many reasons I feel Justin is the ONLY man for the position of Sheriff.”
~ Chief Dave Booth, Heber City Police Department, Utah
“In stark contrast to Captain Martinez, the Republican in the race for sheriff is hopelessly devoid of the qualifications required to serve as a twenty-first century law enforcement chief executive.”
~ Mike Hale, Summit County Resident, Car Dealer and Businessman
“I am supporting Justin Martinez because he has been very responsive to the needs of Kamas City. Justin works closely with my Chief of Police to ensure a collaborative effort of local law enforcement. One of his best qualities is his old fashioned, personal approach to creating solutions.”
~ Mayor Lew Marchant, Kamas City, Utah