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 Preston High School resource officer, as Preston’s 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 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 police force.
He thought it would really enhance the relationship between the county and city officers.
“I have a great deal of respect for Ken,” said Sheriff Fryar.
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