Orem Detective J. Peter Hansen has been named Cedar City chief of police.

Hansen, 38, was selected from more than 40 applicants. His appointment was announced Wednesday."Being the chief of police is the pinnacle of any officer's career. My wife and I are very excited," he said.

Hansen is a 14-year veteran of the Orem police force, specializing in vice, juvenile and narcotic investigations.

"He seems to have a sixth sense about narcotics," said Gerald Nielsen, Orem Public Safety Department spokesman. "He can put the puzzle together without all of the pieces. We will miss his input."

Hansen said his first job will be to win his department's trust. "A good police officer is a little suspicious by nature, especially of strangers. It will take a while to get these guys on my side."

After that, Hansen will deal with the budget. "I expect it will be a whole lot different than dealing with drug users."

Hansen said he will miss the daily involvement with the narcotics beat but is looking forward to helping on the Iron County drug task force.

He's also said he's not in it for the money. "There was no pay raise; as a matter of fact, I took a very slight cut from my Orem pay. But my wife and I are very excited about the job and the community. There is so much going on the Utah Summer Games, the Utah Shakespearean Festival and lots of outdoor recreation. Orem is a city of about 60,000. In this city (Cedar City) of 15,000, you can't help but be involved," he said.

Hansen said it will be hard to leave friends at Orem. "I've made a lot of good friends over the years. And Orem has a top-notch investigative crew."

Nielsen said Hansen will be missed.

"The detectives will miss his friendship and expertise. On the other hand, I imagine the area drug dealers will be thrilled to see him go."

Cedar City Mayor Robert Linford said Hansen will replace Dennis Anderson, who after five years, decided "for some personal reasons he would like to step down."

Anderson will continue on the force, returning to his former position as sergeant.