Retiring police chief collects award
Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds was a police officer in Park City in the early part of the decade, when the Police Department was readying for the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Two major venues were in the city limits Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort and Police Chief Lloyd Evans turned to Edmunds to be the commander at PCMR.
"He meant quite a bit. Lloyd gave me my first big break," Edmunds said on Tuesday, as the retiring Evans was honored with a Rotary Club award, adding, "It was a springboard for me being elected sheriff."
The sheriff, police officers, City Hall staffers, elected officials and the chief’s family gathered at the police station to present Evans with the 2007 Linda Singer-Barrett Professional Citizen of the Year, one of the organization’s highest honors.
The award comes just weeks before Evans is scheduled to retire, and after a 30-year career in the local Police Department. Evans will step down as the police chief on June 30. He signed a consulting contract with City Hall that will keep him working for the local government until at least the end of 2008.
Evans joined the Police Department in 1978 and worked his way up the ranks, becoming the chief in 1997. He is a lifelong Park City resident, and Evans is among a small group of native Parkites who played significant roles as Park City boomed in the last 25 years.
"Thank you. This is an honor," Evans told the Rotary Club members at the police station, introducing his children and grandchildren to an appreciative crowd.
In an interview at the police station just after being presented the honor, Evans said he did not expect an award.
"I’ve come to work and tried to do the best I could do," the police chief said, adding, "Looking over the last 30 years, I’m very happy with what I accomplished."
The audience crowded into a room in the police station midday to await Evans, and the Rotary Club did not inform him of the honor until he arrived. Some of the people who attended were driven to the police station from City Park in a small police motorcade, the local answer to the fleet of cars that shuttled President Bush and his entourage around Park City on the president’s recent visit.
The sheriff, who was under the command of Evans for 4 ½ years ending in early 2003, praised Evans for his policing style, which has long been seen as a low-key approach compared to other agencies.
"I think it’s exactly want they want here," Edmunds said, adding, "He’s given Park City exactly what they were after."
Rick Ryan, a Police Department captain who has been with the force and worked for Evans since 1985, recalled the way Evans handled the Olympics and his role in investigating three homicides. Ryan said Evans holds a "genuine concern" for Park City.
"I think he’s been a great boss, or I wouldn’t have stayed," Ryan said.
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