Newly installed Park City sergeant patrols his hometown
The Park City Police Department has hired two sergeants recently, one of whom is returning to the department after time at the Summit County Sheriff’s Office and the State Department.
Mayor Dana Williams swore the two in as Park City officers during a recent City Council meeting. Family members, Police Department representatives and others were in the City Council chambers for the swearing-in ceremony.
Andrew Leatham and Jay Randall are two of the Police Department six sergeants. A sergeant ranks third in the department’s patrol hierarchy, behind the chief of police and the captain who oversees the operations.
Leatham’s hiring is especially notable. He grew up in Park City and started his career in law enforcement with the Police Department, as a reserve officer. The Police Department said in a prepared statement his father, Dennis Leatham, served as a Park City sergeant in the 1970s.
According to the statement from the Police Department, Leatham spent the last 11 years with the Sheriff’s Office. He rose to the rank of captain at the Sheriff’s Office. The statement also lists time as a special agent for the State Department. He served as a security officer in the U.S. embassy in Amman, Jordan.
Sheriff Dave Edmunds said in an interview Leatham was one of the "best and brightest" members of the Sheriff’s Office, calling him "extraordinarily capable." The sheriff said Leatham at one point was a captain, but he wanted to return to a sergeant’s post to log more time on patrol.
"He’s an exceptional officer. He’s ‘gifted’ is the word I would choose to use," Edmunds said.
The sheriff said Leatham is highly knowledgeable in protecting infrastructure — buildings, gas pipelines and waterworks facilities — from his time at the State Department. He said Leatham also had been assigned planning for the protection of dignitaries and executives when they visited Summit County.
Randall, meanwhile, arrived at the Police Department from the law enforcement agency in Ivins, Utah, located outside of St. George. Police Chief Wade Carpenter was the chief at the Ivins agency before his hiring as Park City’s top law enforcement officer in mid-2008.
The statement from the Police Department said Randall served as a patrol officer, a detective, a sergeant, a lieutenant and as a captain in the Ivins agency. He is also trained as an emergency medical technician and a firefighter. He was the public safety employee of the year in Ivins three times, in 2005, 2009 and 2011.
The elected officials and the Police Department at the same meeting honored Lynn Nagel, who retired as a sergeant in late December after 29 years with the department either as a part-time officer or a full-time one. He spent 21 years as a full-time member of the department.
Carpenter mentioned Nagel’s role as the first coordinator for the department’s reserve corps as one of the retired sergeant’s accomplishments.
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