PLEASANT GROVE — The mayor of Pleasant Grove has appointed Michael L. Smith as the city's new police chief.

Chief Tom Paul retired at the end of April after serving the city for 37 years.

Smith has been serving as a captain of the past few years. He was raised in Pleasant Grove and graduated from Pleasant Grove High in 1989.

In 1994, Smith began his career with the Pleasant Grove Police Department. He has served as a patrol officer, motor officer, detective, sergeant, lieutenant, captain and now chief.

In 1998, Smith was selected to be a member of the newly formed Utah County Metro SWAT Team. After serving on the team for a couple of years, Smith was promoted to a team leader and currently serves as the forward operations commander on the team. He has also served as a member of a joint criminal apprehension team with the U.S. Marshals Service.

Smith holds an associate degree in criminal justice and a bachelor’s degree in emergency management. In the summer of 2011, he spent three months in Quantico, Va., where he attended and graduated from the FBI National Academy.

He is married to Brenda Smith and they have five children, two girls and three boys.