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FILE - A veteran Salt Lake police officer has been selected to become the Ephraim Police Department's new chief.

EPHRAIM — A veteran Salt Lake police officer has been selected to become the Ephraim Police Department's new chief.

Aaron Broomhead was sworn into office Wednesday.

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Broomhead was a Salt Lake officer for 18-years, working in the gang unit, patrol and as a member of the SWAT team.

He replaces longtime Chief Ron Rasmussen, who announced his retirement in September.

In all, 13 people applied for the chief's position, and the top three applicants were interviewed by a five-person panel, according to Ephraim City Manager Brant Hanson.

"It was a priority for the panel to select a candidate with experience, but who also understood the small-town environment," he said.