Police & Fire

Heber City’s new police chief takes the reins

Parker Sever was with the Hanford, California police department for more than 26 years, working his way up to chief

HEBER CITY, Utah – Last night, the Heber City Police Department administered the oath of office to its new chief of police, Parker Sever, signifying the arrival of a new sheriff in town.

Chief Sever succeeds former Chief Dave Booth, who retired from the position last month after serving for 11 years. Sever previously was the chief of police in Hanford, California.

Sever was with the Hanford Police Department for more than 26 years, working his way up to chief. His experience is backed by a bachelor’s degree from California Coast University and multiple certifications from California Peace Officer Safety Training (POST), including executive and advanced certificates, and most recently, Utah POST certifications, the Heber City Police Department said.

While he was chief in Hanford, Sever oversaw the implementation of a K-9 officer division with all associated contracts, codes and trainings, and a new animal control direction; oversaw the construction and development of four additional police buildings; and created a life-saving Naloxone program.

“Chief Sever continues his distinguished career providing proactive, respectful, courteous and professional services to his community,” the Heber City Police Department said in a release. “He is known for his ability to work effectively with the media, community stakeholders, citizens, and in teams, fostering collaboration, and bringing out the best in his police officers. His positive and approachable demeanor makes him a valuable asset to Heber City’s workplace culture.”

Sever also addressed community needs in Hanford, authoring more than eight city ordinances; organizing a crime-free multi-housing program; and creating and managing multi-million-dollar budgets, the Heber City department said.

He enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, skiing, hunting, camping and shooting.

“I want to thank you very much. It’s a bit bittersweet since I will be leaving an agency that I love. I was very impressed with the officers, especially Branden Russell, and look forward to meeting and getting to know the Heber Valley Community,” Sever said in a Wasatch Wave facebook post.

Sever will be sworn in before Heber City Council at 6 p.m. today, Oct. 17, at 75 N. Main Street, Heber City.

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