Provo mayor announces new police chief

Posted at 9:13 AM, Nov 20, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-20 11:15:02-05

PROVO, Utah — The City of Provo has found a new chief of police.

Provo Mayor John Curtis announced Wednesday that John King, a 30 year veteran of law enforcement, will take over as the city’s new police chief.

According to a press release, King was selected from a pool of more than 60 applicants, and was chosen after several meetings with Curtis.

“I’ve been impressed with Chief King and his ability to connect with people,” Curtis said. “This talent was evident in the interview process. His name continued to bubble up to the top of everyone’s list. I couldn’t be more pleased that we have an applicant all parties know was the best.”

For the past two years, King has worked as the director of a police academy in Hagerstown, Maryland. Prior to that, King worked as a police chief in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

“He brings a wide range of experience to that is unique and important,” Curtis said. “He has a blend of successful involvement in police-related operations, community awareness, and innovative ways to use technology.”

King is expected to formally begin his job as Provo police chief in December. King succeeds former Chief Rick Gregory, who left the department in July.