Provo announces interim police chief after previous chief’s resignation


(KUTV) Provo City officials announced an interim chief who will lead the police department temporarily after previous chief, John King, resigned last week.

Captain Rich Ferguson was selected from a group of four Provo Police administrators who were considered for the position.

“Provo deserves an interim chief who has the leadership, service history, skills and respect of the department and our community. Appointing Captain Ferguson enables our department and city to move forward quickly,” Provo Mayor John Curtis said.

Curtis said last week he hoped to find a permanent police chief within three months.

Provo city leaders initially said Chief John King left Provo Police due to family health problems on the east coast. It was later revealed that in addition to the family health concerns, King was asked to resign after a woman came forward and alleged he sexually assaulted her.

An investigation from Unified Police and the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office revealed there was no evidence to charge King with a crime, but Mayor Curtis said he felt there were enough “red flags” that he asked King to resign.

Mayor Curtis is expected to present interim Chief Ferguson at a ceremony in the city council chambers at 3:00 p.m. Monday.

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