By RODNEY D. BOAM
The hardest thing for a new police chief is being the face of the department. Preston’s new top cop would like it better if he could be in the background.
Mayor F. Lee Hendrickson appointed Ken Geddes, the high school resource officer, as the Preston Chief of Police Thursday evening at a special city council meeting.
“He comes to us with lot of experience. He has been a Franklin County deputy is for long time. He also belongs to a regional task force that is great for our city,” Hendrickson said.
The mayor thought Geddes would be a great fit for the department and a great fit for the county and will enhance the working relationship with the sheriff’s department as well.
“We are just thrilled about it,” Hendrickson said.
Hendrickson said they approached Geddes about the appointment. It was accepted by all of the city police officers.
The mayor said the sheriff hated to see him leave, but thought it would be good for the city and Geddes. The city is not sure at this point how they will have him involved at the high school. Officials are still trying to figure that out.
Franklin County Sheriff Dave Fryer said he was happy with the selection of Geddes to head the Preston City Police force.
He thought it would really enhance the relationship between the county and the city officers.
“I have a great deal of respect for Ken,” said Sheriff Fryar.
Geddes said he spent five years at Ricks College with its horse program and when that closed he came back home and worked on the family farm. Then he started working as an adolescence alcohol-abuse counselor.
He landed a job with the county as the school-resource officer during the school year with summers on a boat, patrolling the lakes and dams throughout the county.
“I’m not going to make any drastic changes in the department. My job is to help the community work with the officers and support the guys,” Geddes said.
He said he will miss his 18-year association with the students in the Preston schools. He also repeated the charge to have a good connection with the county sheriff department.
“We want to be effective in law enforcement and effective for the people of the community,” he said.
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