Roy appoints new police chief

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 1:53 PM

Rachel Trotter, Standard-Examiner Correspondent

ROY — Michael Elliott, a 30-year veteran of the Roy Police Department, has been unanimously appointed by the city council as the new police chief.

Elliott was asked to be interim chief two months ago when former Chief Greg Whinham stepped down after a flurry of accusations over an alleged affair with an employee.

Elliott said he never aspired to be chief, but when asked to serve as interim chief it occurred to him to apply for the job if it became available.

“I never thought of it prior, I didn’t expect him (Whinham) to be leaving,” Elliott said.

Prior to his appointment, Elliott was one of two deputy chiefs in the department. Now that he is chief, he has decided to eliminate the two deputy chief model and give that money back to the city for other capital improvements.

Elliott started with the city in January 1984 and moved his way up in the department consistently. He was assigned to the patrol division in 1989 and the Weber Morgan Narcotics Strike Force from 1989 to 90. He was assigned for a second time from 1994-95 and served as a negotiator for the Ogden Metro SWAT for six years. His assignments for the last 15 years have included detective sergeant, patrol sergeant and most recently deputy chief.

Mayor Joe Ritchie said Elliott is the perfect fit to lead the 39 officer department.

“It has been an exceptionally smooth transition,” Ritchie said of the appointment. “He will do a great job for our city.”

There were 27 applicants for the position. After a thorough screening the candidates were narrowed down to five and a five-member committee including two council members, the mayor, city manager and Layton police chief made the recommendation of Elliott for the job.

Ritchie is excited about the ideas Elliott has to improve the department.

Elliott would like use more web-based data in police work and be able to use that data to get to police officers while on-duty and in the field.

“Crime is always more than you want it to be,” Elliott said, adding has seen an increase in violent crime in the city in the last three to four years.

He would like to work more with the Real Time Crime Center that Ogden city uses. The data-based program has helped Ogden make great strides into the next era of law enforcement, Elliott said.

“It’s a great idea to share resources,” Elliott said of collaborating with Ogden.

Elliott said he is impressed with the way all the cities in Weber County work together and he plans to continue with those partnerships.

Both Ritchie and Elliott said the climate within the Roy department has been positive with Elliott at the helm. Neither wanted to comment on the climate under Whinham, but said that things are moving in a positive direction right now.

“We are working well and moving forward. We don’t want to go back into that,” Elliott said.

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