Richfield Police Lt. John Evans has been named statewide Officer of the Year by the Utah Peace Officers Association.

Evans has been the Richfield department's key investigator, responsible for much of the fight against drugs in Sevier County.

He has also been called by other departments and counties to help investigate serious crimes.

Police Chief Mayo Jacobsen and Sevier County Sheriff John Meacham joined in high praises of the lieutenant.

Phil Barney, who was with the Utah Highway Patrol, won the Officer of the Year Award last year. He is now a deputy in the Sevier County sheriff's office.

The President's Award last year was won by Sevier County Attorney R. Don Brown.