Provo Police Chief Craig Geslison announced today his intent to retire effective January 1, 2011. "This is the right time for me, for the department, and for the community," stated Geslison, who has served with the department for over 32 years.
Between now and January 1, Geslison will help with the objective review of the police department initiated in October by Provo Mayor John Curtis, including an audit by an outside consulting firm which is in process. He will also prepare the department for a new chief.
Geslison has welcomed the review from the beginning. "As I've said before, we see the review as a great opportunity. Once it's complete, it will be to every one's advantage to have someone new in place, with fresh ideas, to implement any recommendations."
"Chief Geslison has many outstanding qualities that will be greatly missed," stated Curtis. "The department has accomplished incredible things over the last few years under his leadership, and continues to do so on a day to day basis. Over the last year, since I've taken office, I've noticed he is well worthy of recognition, but would never seek it himself."
Geslison started with the police department in April, 1978, as a patrol officer, and was appointed chief in 2002 by Provo Mayor Lewis Billings. While moving up in the department, he supervised dispatch, patrol, and the special investigations bureau.
"I want to thank Provo City and the people I work with for a great career. I have loved working with the people--the people of the city, the people of my department--and I look forward to their further success," stated Geslison.