The Provo Police Chief is resigning immediately

PROVO, Utah — The Provo police chief formally resigned from his position this weekend, just weeks shy of marking his one-year anniversary on the job.

Chief Fred Ross said in a statement that he determined his fit with the department was “not sustainable.”

“It became evident that my fit with the Provo Police Department as Chief was determined not to be sustainable,” Ross said. “After discussing the matter with my family, I have determined that it is in my personal and professional interest to resign as Chief of Police.”

On Monday, Mayor Michelle Kaufusi appointed Capt. Troy Beebe as Provo’s acting police chief.

Ross was named police chief in November 2021 after serving in the same role with the Utah Transit Authority Police Department. The reasons for Ross’ departure are still unknown.

Beebe served the Provo Police Department for 24 years and the Utah County Sheriff’s Office for five years.

“Provo is the community where I grew up and where I have chosen to serve professionally,” Beebe said in a statement. “We will move forward doing what we do best: community policing and crime prevention.”

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