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Provo police chief resigns, new chief appointed

Oct 17, 2022, 9:38 AM | Updated: 11:32 am
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PROVO, Utah — Provo Police Chief Fred Ross submitted his resignation and a new police chief, Capt. Troy Beebe, was appointed Monday.

According to a release from Provo City, Ross submitted his resignation to Provo Mayor Michelle Kaufusi on Sunday stating:

“It has become evident that my fit within the Provo Police Department as the Chief has been determined to not be sustainable. After discussing this with my family, I’ve determined it is in my best interest personally and professionally to resign my position as Chief of Police, effective immediately. I thank you sincerely for the honor of serving you, the department, and the people of Provo. R. Fred Ross”

Monday morning Kaufusi appointed Beebe as the acting Provo police chief in an announcement to the department at 9 a.m.

“Provo is the community I grew up in and where I’ve chosen to serve professionally,” Beebe said. “We will move forward doing what we do best: community policing and crime prevention.”

Beebe has worked for 29 years in law enforcement, including five years with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office and 24 years at the Provo Police Department.

“Provo City attracts officers of the highest caliber—all invested in the Provo Way, which is professional policing with compassion,” Beebe said. “This high standard of policing service remains unchanged as we move forward.”

“In accepting Chief Ross’ resignation, it became important to unify the department quickly,” Kaufusi said. “Captain Beebe has deep roots to our community, as well as invested time within this department. We appreciate his willingness to bring his skills and knowledge as we seek a smooth transition.”

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