LINDON Lindon city officials announced the hiring of a police chief Tuesday night, the first major step toward the creation of the city's own police force.
Cody Cullimore, currently the assistant chief of the Pleasant Grove department, will step up as Lindon's chief of police on Nov. 5. That will pave the way for the Lindon City Police Department, which will go into effect July 1, 2008.
Lindon, which has contracted with Pleasant Grove for police and medical services for about 23 years, began looking several months ago at the possibility of its own police force based on its growing population.
"There were some very good candidates," Cullimore said of his competition for the job. "Most were very good friends of mine. But it's always been a dream of mine to work here in Lindon. I grew up here as a little boy."
He explained that his parents and parents-in-law, who came to support him Tuesday, were looking at the old pictures hanging in City Hall and recognized many relatives in those pictures.
"(We've) been here for a long time," he said. "Lindon's a great community. The future is really bright. It's going to be a lot of work, but I think we're up to it."
Council members acknowledged that the 16 applicants, from as far away as Kansas, Montana and Arizona, were very qualified but lauded the choice of Cullimore, a local community member.
"Sitting on the interview board, we had some very, very qualified candidates," said Councilwoman Lindsey Bayless. "Most of them probably could have done a great job in Lindon. But when we interviewed Chief Cullimore, he knew Lindon. He's invested in Lindon, he's already paid his dues to Lindon. He has some very great ideas for moving forward with our police department."
Cullimore has served with Pleasant Grove for 26 years and is a graduate of the Utah Command College and the Executive Management Forum. He is a past president of the Central Utah Detectives Association and a past president of the Utah Peace Officers Association."We're delighted that you're here," Mayor Jim Dain told Cullimore. "It's a real comfort for me as mayor to know that our police force is going to be in good hands."