PROVO — Capt. Rich Ferguson has been selected to lead the Provo Police Department until a new chief is named.
Mayor John Curtis announced Monday that Ferguson will be the interim chief as the process to pick a new chief — expected to take about three months — gets underway.
“Provo deserves an interim chief who has the leadership, service history, skills and respect of the department and our community. Appointing Capt. Ferguson enables our department and city to move forward quickly,” Curtis said in a prepared statement.
Ferguson’s appointment comes on the heels of former Chief John King’s controversial resignation last week.
King announced his retirement last week after serving 3 ½ years. At the time, the city characterized his resignation as needing to spend more time with his family in Maryland and be with his sick mother. But it was later revealed that King also had a sexual assault allegation levied against him by a woman.
The claim was investigated and turned over to the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office, which declined to file charges due to insufficient evidence. Still, in light of the investigation combined with family matters, Curtis said he felt King's head "wasn't in the game" and asked for his resignation.
Ferguson was captain over the police department's patrol division. According to his LinkedIn page, Ferguson has been a law enforcer for 24 years. He has also worked in the Provo Police Department's Special Operations Division and the Utah County Major Crimes Task Force. He attended school at Broadview University in Salt Lake City.