Provo Police Chief to resign over the weekend; Mayor appoints new deputy chief

Former Police Chief Fred Ross said the move was in his “personal and professional interests”.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Fred Ross is photographed Thursday, August 3, 2017 at the Salt Lake County Sheriff Candidates Forum in Sandy. Ross resigned from his role as Provo Police Chief over the weekend. He was first called to the role in November 2021.

According to a press release Monday, Provo has a new acting chief of police after Police Chief Fred Ross apparently suddenly resigned on Sunday after less than a year in office.

Mayor Michelle Kaufusi named Capt. Troy Beebe, a 24-year veteran of the Provo Police Department, as acting chief in an announcement early Monday to the department.

Ross didn’t give specific reasons for his resignation, which took effect immediately, other than saying the job had been “classified as unsustainable.” He was tapped into the role in November 2021.

“Having discussed this with my family,” Ross continued in a statement, “I have determined that it is in my personal and professional best interests to resign from my position as police chief effective immediately.” I sincerely thank you for the honor of serving you, the department and the people of Provo.”

Beebe, the newly appointed acting chief, served five years in the Utah County Sheriff’s Office in addition to his time with the Provo Police Department, according to the press release.

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

In a statement Monday, the mayor said “it became important to unite the department quickly” after accepting Ross’s resignation.

“Captain Beebe is deeply rooted in our community and has invested time in this department,” Kaufusi continued. “We appreciate his willingness to contribute his skills and knowledge as we strive for a smooth transition.”

Ross previously served as chief of police for the Utah Transit Authority and deputy chief of the Salt Lake City Police Department.

Further details about his resignation were not immediately released on Monday. The mayor’s office and a spokesman for the Provo Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for more information.

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2022/10/17/provo-police-chief-resigns-over/ Provo Police Chief to resign over the weekend; Mayor appoints new deputy chief

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