Northern Utah Police Chief Resigns After DUI Arrest

Ulysses Michael Black, the police chief of North Park, has resigned after being accused of DUI in Idaho.

According to court documents, Black was detained on June 18 in Fremont County, Idaho. He entered a not guilty plea and paid a $2,000 bail. The next hearing for him is on August 3.

According to a letter from North Logan Mayor Lyndsay Peterson and Hyde Park Mayor Bryan L. Cox, Black submitted his resignation effective July 7 for “personal reasons and intentions to move into retirement.” The letter claims that Black “has demonstrated many commendable traits” and “has substantially helped the citizens of our town while garnering the respect of all those who worked with him.”

Black met with both mayors after his arrest and was promptly placed on administrative leave, according to Cache Valley Daily.

Peterson told the radio station KVNU in Logan that she thought of Black as a friend and that the news has left her “heartbroken.”

The search for Black’s replacement will start the next week, according to the spokesperson for the North Park Police Commission, a group of local officials, residents, and law enforcement officers. Justin Olsen, assistant chief, will act as interim chief during this period.

According to Cache Valley Daily, Black has been in law enforcement for more than 27 years. After completing the police academy, he joined the Willard police department as an officer. When he joined the North Park Police Department in 2001, he had previously worked as a deputy with the Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office. Before taking on the role of police chief in January 2020, he worked as an investigator and a patrol officer first.

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