WILLARD -- A new police chief is on duty, although he is not new to the community.
Nate Thompson, of South Willard, has been hired as Willard's police chief. He comes to the city with 17 years' experience in law enforcement.
Thompson started his career in Kane County, then moved to Washington Terrace and South Jordan. For the past 10 years, he has served with the Harrisville Police Department.
Mayor Ryan Tingey said the city had 20 applicants for the position, and the city council narrowed the list down to 10.
Tingey, Councilman Corey Barton and Brigham City Police Lt. James Crapse interviewed the applicants.
"As we went through the interview process, it was clear who would best meet the needs of our community," Tingey said, adding that, as a bonus, Thompson lives in South Willard and understands the community.
Tingey said Thompson has been the assistant police chief in Harrisville.
Willard has three full-time officers and one part-time.