Provo police chief resigns this weekend; mayor appoints new interim leader

Former police chief Fred Ross said the move was in his “personal and professional interest”.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Fred Ross is pictured at the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Candidate Forum in Sandy, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017. Ross resigned as Provo Police Chief over the weekend -end. He was first appointed to this position in November 2021.

Provo has a new acting police chief following the apparent sudden resignation of Police Chief Fred Ross on Sunday after less than a year on the job.

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

In a statement, Ross did not cite specific reasons for his resignation, which took effect immediately, other than to say the job had “been determined not to be sustainable.” He was appointed to this position in November 2021.

“After discussing this with my family,” Ross continued in the statement, “I have determined that it is in my personal and professional interests to resign as Chief of Police, effective immediately. Thank you sincerely for the honor of serving you, the department and the people of Provo.

Beebe, the new acting chief, also served five years in the Utah County Sheriff’s Office in addition to his two dozen years with the Provo police, according to the news release.

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

“Nothing negative to say”

(Provo City Police Department) Capt. Troy Beebe of the Provo Police Department was named the Department’s Acting Chief on Monday, October 17, 2022, following the apparent sudden resignation of former Police Chief Fred Ross.

In a Monday afternoon phone call, Beebe told the Salt Lake Tribune that he had “nothing negative to say about Chief Ross, and I respect his decision.”

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

“Captain Beebe has deep roots in our community, as well as time invested in this department,” Kaufusi continued. “We appreciate his willingness to contribute his skills and knowledge as we seek a smooth transition.”

Throughout his tenure with the Provo Police, Beebe served in all divisions of the department, including as a patrol officer, patrol captain, special ops captain, bomb squad commander, and police officer. school resources, he told The Tribune.

He also served on the Utah County Major Crimes Task Force for nearly eight years, he said.

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

Further details of his resignation were not immediately released on Monday. The town hall did not immediately respond to a request for additional information.

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