Trent Staggs (politician)

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CitizenshipUnited States of America
  • BA in political science and economics
  • MBA
Alma mater
  • University of Utah
  • Brigham Young University
Known forMayor of Riverton, Utah

Trent Staggs is a United States politician that served as the mayor of Riverton, Utah with a term from 2018 through 2022, having previously served on the city council. In 2020 he entered the mayoral race for Salt Lake County, Utah.


Trent Staggs was raised in a family with 9 siblings. He attended Bingham High School in South Jordan, Utah and served a mission for his church in Tahiti. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Utah with focuses in political science and economics. He later earned a master’s degree in business administration from the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University.[1]

2020 Mayoral Race

On March 4th, 2020 he announced his candidacy for mayor of Salt Lake County, Utah challenging the incumbent Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson.[2]

Initiatives and Accomplishments

Air quality plan

During his 2020 mayoral race for Salt Lake County, Utah he announced a plan to address air quality issues in the area. His five-point air quality plan promotes telework[3], pushes for more sustainable transportation in county fleet management, auditing county owned buildings for efficiencies to find ways to reduce emissions, increasing ridership and accessibility for public transportation, and sustainable growth for the Olympia Hills development.[4]

Economic recovery initiative

During his term as mayor of Riverton, Utah; he outlined an initiative to help the local economy address challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic and associated closures mandated by Salt Lake County, Utah.[5] The initiative called to eliminate licensing fees for businesses, temporarily lift signage restrictions to allow businesses to improve advertising, an “eat local” campaign encouraging residents to support local restaurants, a virtual business roundtable with Riverton City and the South Valley Chamber, and a drive-thru event named the Riverton Business Blitz where residents can access special deals offered by local businesses while maintaining social distancing guidelines as part of efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.[6]

Riverton police department

As Mayor of Riverton City, he announced a plan for the city to leave the The Unified Police Department (UPD) of Greater Salt Lake[7], a police department that serves many Salt Lake County cities and communities through shared resources, to form their own police department to serve Riverton City, Utah. With concerns that many low-crime cities in Salt Lake County, including Riverton, were paying too much for the service and not seeing an increase in the number of officers dedicated to the area inline with population growth. On June 25th, 2019 the city swore in 35 officers to their newly-created police department. [8]

Opioid crisis

As mayor of Riverton, Trent Staggs announced an initiative to reduce stockpiling and misuse of opioids in the city. Partnering with the Utah-based medication disposal organization called NarcX, he announced the placement of NarcX kiosks around the city to safely dispose of unused drugs at some of their public buildings.[9]

In the media



  1. "About Riverton Mayor Trent Staggs".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. Mills, Glen (Mar 4, 2020). "Riverton Mayor Trent Staggs announces bid for Salt Lake County mayor".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. Larsen, Leia (July 17, 2020). "In his bid for Salt Lake County mayor, Trent Staggs pitches air pollution plan". The Salt Lake Tribune.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. Semerad, Tony (March 3, 2020). "Olympia Hills gets final approval from Salt Lake County. Here's what happens next".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. Tanner, Courtney (March 29, 2020). "Salt Lake County issues new stay-at-home order, closing some businesses; Utah's coronavirus cases now at 719". The Salt Lake Tribune.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. "Riverton mayor announces economic recovery plan". Apr 14, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. Roe, Ginna (July 19, 208). "Riverton City Council decides to leave UPD, form own police department". KUTV.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. Berg, Alison (June 25, 2019). "Riverton swears in 35 officers for its new standalone police department". The Salt Lake Tribune.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. Bojórquez, Kim (Oct 16, 2019). "State lawmakers hope to follow Riverton's footsteps in combating opioid crisis".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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