West Valley picks new police chief

Aug 27 2013 - 4:44pm

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West Valley City, City Manager Wayne Pyle, left, looks on as Lee Russo makes remarks after he was introduced as West Valley City's new police chief Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, in West Valley City, Utah. Russo was the police chief in Covington, Ky., for the past five and one half years. Prior to that, he worked for the Baltimore County Police Department in Maryland where he became a captain and precinct commander. Russo takes over a department that has been in turmoil since the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman last November. An internal investigation led to the disbandment of the narcotics unit. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder, left, shakes the hand of Lee Russo after he was introduced as West Valley City's new police chief Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, in West Valley City, Utah. Russo was the police chief in Covington, Ky., for the past five and one half years. Prior to that, he worked for the Baltimore County Police Department in Maryland where he became a captain and precinct commander. Russo takes over a department that has been in turmoil since the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman last November. An internal investigation led to the disbandment of the narcotics unit. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
West Valley City's, City Manager Wayne Pyle, left, and Mayor Mike Winder, right, look on as Lee Russo, center, makes remarks after he was introduced as West Valley City's new police chief Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, in West Valley City, Utah. Russo was the police chief in Covington, Ky., for the past five and one half years. Prior to that, he worked for the Baltimore County Police Department in Maryland where he became a captain and precinct commander. Russo takes over a department that has been in turmoil since the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman last November. An internal investigation led to the disbandment of the narcotics unit. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
West Valley City, City Manager Wayne Pyle, left, looks on as Lee Russo makes remarks after he was introduced as West Valley City's new police chief Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, in West Valley City, Utah. Russo was the police chief in Covington, Ky., for the past five and one half years. Prior to that, he worked for the Baltimore County Police Department in Maryland where he became a captain and precinct commander. Russo takes over a department that has been in turmoil since the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman last November. An internal investigation led to the disbandment of the narcotics unit. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder, left, shakes the hand of Lee Russo after he was introduced as West Valley City's new police chief Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, in West Valley City, Utah. Russo was the police chief in Covington, Ky., for the past five and one half years. Prior to that, he worked for the Baltimore County Police Department in Maryland where he became a captain and precinct commander. Russo takes over a department that has been in turmoil since the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman last November. An internal investigation led to the disbandment of the narcotics unit. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
West Valley City's, City Manager Wayne Pyle, left, and Mayor Mike Winder, right, look on as Lee Russo, center, makes remarks after he was introduced as West Valley City's new police chief Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, in West Valley City, Utah. Russo was the police chief in Covington, Ky., for the past five and one half years. Prior to that, he worked for the Baltimore County Police Department in Maryland where he became a captain and precinct commander. Russo takes over a department that has been in turmoil since the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman last November. An internal investigation led to the disbandment of the narcotics unit. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

WEST VALLEY CITY -- West Valley City has chosen a veteran law enforcement official from Kentucky as its new police chief.

The 49-year-old Lee Russo was introduced at a Tuesday afternoon news conference.

Utah's second-largest city has been without a permanent chief since Thayle "Buzz" Nielsen retired in March. Russo was selected following a nationwide search that was launched in May. Anita Schwemmer has been serving as the acting chief.

Russo was the police chief in Covington, Ky., for the past five and one half years. Prior to that, he worked for the Baltimore County Police Department in Maryland where he became a captain and precinct commander.

Russo takes over a department that has been in turmoil since the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman last November. An internal investigation led to the disbandment of the narcotics unit.

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