The Utah Public Employees’ Association (UPEA) would like to recognize and thank a dedicated member, Officer Matthew Briggs. Since joining UPEA in 1992, Briggs has become more involved in the Association by participating in district leadership, on several committees, and he now serves on the State Board of Directors. Additionally, Briggs helps UPEA in its legislative efforts and encourages membership and involvement from his coworkers to strengthen the organization.
Question: Where do you work? How long have you worked there?
Answer: I work out of the Central Region Office for the Division of Wildlife Resources. I have worked for [Utah Division of Wildlife Resources] for almost 28 years and have really enjoyed the job that I have.
Q.: How long have you been a member of UPEA?
A.: I have been a member of UPEA since early 1992 when I was hired to work in the Glenwood Fish Hatchery. My supervisor, Paul Harmer, handed me a form to sign and didn’t tell me what I was signing. As a new hire, I had been signing lots of forms and had gotten tired of reading all of them, I just signed them. Soon after, I was notified that I was a member of UPEA and I haven’t regretted it once since then.
Q.: Which UPEA positions have you held?
A.: I have held several leadership positions within the Law Enforcement District including chairman and advisory representative. I also had the privilege of serving as the second and first vice president, president and past president of UPEA. I have also been involved with the Citizen Action by Public Employees (CAPE) Committee and the Legislative Committee. I currently serve on the State Board of Directors.
Q.: Why did you become involved in leadership?
A.: I became involved with both the Advisory Committee and State Board because I wanted to gain a better understanding of UPEA and be able to help further the great work UPEA staff is involved in. I enjoy being a part of an organization that is working so hard for the employees of the State.
Q.: What do you value most about UPEA?
A.: I enjoy all the great folks who I get to associate with by being a member of UPEA. I get to work with a lot of very dedicated individuals who are working hard to make state government better every day.
Thank you for your continued dedication and support for UPEA!