Northern Utah police chief resigns after Fremont County DUI arrest

LOGAN, Utah ( — North Park Police Chief Ulysses Michael Black has resigned after being charged with driving under the influence in Idaho.

Black was arrested on June 18 in Fremont County, Idaho, according to court records. He posted $2,000 bond and pleaded not guilty to the charge. His next court date is August 3.

Black tendered his resignation effective July 7 for “personal reasons and retirement transition plans,” according to a letter signed by North Logan Mayor Lyndsay Peterson and Hyde Park Mayor Bryan L. Cox. . Black “displayed many admirable qualities,” the letter states, and “greatly benefited the residents of our community while earning the admiration of all who served with him.”

After his arrest, Black met with the two mayors and was immediately placed on administrative leave, Cache Valley Daily reported.

Peterson told Logan KVNU radio station that she considered Black a friend and was “heartbroken” by the news.

She said the North Park Police Board — made up of city leaders, citizens and law enforcement personnel — will begin the process of hiring Black’s replacement next week. Deputy Chief Justin Olsen will serve as interim chief in the interim.

Black has been in law enforcement for more than 27 years, Cache Valley Daily reported. He graduated from the police academy in 1994 and first served as an officer in Willard Police. He then worked for the Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office, where he served as a deputy until 2001, when he joined the North Park Police Department. He first served as a patrol officer and then as an investigator before becoming chief of police in January 2020.

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