West Valley picks new police chief

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 12:57 PM

The Associated Press

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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