Provo police chief stepping down

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PROVO -- The city of Provo announced its police chief is stepping down. Chief Craig Geslison will leave his post Jan. 1, 2011.

When asked why Geslison is stepping down, Provo city's spokeswoman said in light of the recent allegations of police criminal misconduct by three officers it's not uncommon for a police chief to evaluate his position.

"This is the right time for me, for the department and for the community," stated Geslison, who has served with the department for over 32 years.

Currently, the police department is undergoing an external audit led by a California company. Geslison is currently one of the highest-paid police chiefs in the state, making more than $200,000 a year.

Until he leaves in January, Geslison will help with the objective review of the police department initiated in October by Provo Mayor John Curtis, including the audit. He will also prepare the department for a new chief.

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