By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Preston’s Police Chief Val Sparrow has tendered his resignation to the city council, effective immediately.
Mayor F. Lee Hendrickson said Sparrow told him and the council that after 26 years in law enforcement it was time to try something different.
“We are thankful to Sparrow for his years of service to Preston City as police chief. He has provided good service to the community during his tenure. We all wish him well in his new endeavors,” the mayor said.
Hendrickson said that Sgt. Dan McCammon will be the officer in charge of the department until a permanent appointment is made. “We (the city) are exploring all of our options to fill this position,” he said.
Sparrow was appointed chief on April 30, 2007 following the retirement of Richard Owens. Prior to his appointment as police chief, Sparrow had been a deputy with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department since 1990. He worked as a Preston police officer from 1987-90.
He was parts manager and worked in a machine shop at Geddes Auto Parts/Motor Mercantile in Preston from 1977-87. He served as a reserve officer in the Preston Police Department from 1984-87.
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