BY LYNNE BEXELL
Detective Paul Rhoades started working for North Ogden City in 1995, shortly after graduating from Weber State University. Paul was initially hired by the North Ogden Police Department as the animal control officer. After about three years with animal control, Paul attended the police academy and became a sworn officer. Throughout Paul’s career, he has served in several positions within the police department. Those positions include patrol, school resource officer, and detective. Paul was also instrumental in writing and obtaining several grants over the years.
For much of Paul’s career, he was assigned as the city’s Emergency Management Coordinator. He was also tasked with supervising the department’s citizen groups. These groups include our Volunteers in Police Service (V.I.P.S), CERT, the Citizen’s Academy, and the Victim Advocate program. Paul enjoyed reaching out to the community and teaching crime prevention. He was a big part of the department’s Neighborhood Watch program as well as the training of local businesses in crime and fraud prevention. Paul loved this so much that he intends on pursuing his teaching certificate after retirement so he can continue educating those around him.
Paul has been a great asset to the Police Department and the city of North Ogden. We are thankful to Paul for everything he has contributed over the last 25 years. Congratulations, Paul, on a well-deserved retirement. We wish you and your family the best and hope you have many happy retirement years.