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Park City Police Department Announces Retirement of Captain Andrew Leatham

Rob McKinney promoted to Lieutenant, Danielle Snelson promoted to Sergeant

Post Date:02/03/2021 11:04 AM


Captain Phil Kirk
435-615-5512 (Office)
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Park City Police Department Announces Retirement of Captain Andrew Leatham

 Rob McKinney promoted to Lieutenant, Danielle Snelson promoted to Sergeant


PARK CITY, UTAH (February 2, 2021) – Today, the Park City Police Department has announced the retirement of Captain Andrew Leatham. “It is with great adoration and respect that I thank Captain Andrew Leatham for his numerous years of dedicated service to the residents and guests of Park City, the state of Utah, and our country,” said Park City Police Chief Wade Carpenter. “Captain Leatham has always been a tenacious leader and quintessential example of what a peace officer should be and stands for. I have truly appreciated his commitment to this noble profession, especially considering the tremendous impact on him and his family. There is no question that this profession is unlike any other, especially in today’s difficult and challenging environment. Captain Leatham has always been a force for good, progress, and service to his community. We wish Captain Leatham and his family well as he starts a new and productive chapter of service in his life.”

Captain Andrew Leatham is a twenty-seven year veteran of law enforcement and a Park City native. Andrew's father, Dennis Leatham, was a Sergeant with the Park City Police Department in the 1970s. Captain Leatham began his law enforcement career at the Park City Police Department. He worked as a patrol officer and school resource officer before leaving to pursue a career as a Special Agent with the United States Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security.  

Captain Leatham was assigned to the Bureau's San Francisco Field Office, Denver Resident Office and served as an Assistant Regional Security Officer at the American Embassy in Amman, Jordan. During his tenure with State Department, he handled complex fraud investigations involving U.S. Passports and Visas, worked all aspects of dignitary protection operations, and managed large security programs at American Embassy Amman. Captain Leatham earned a State Department Meritorious Service Award in Amman for his work during a foiled terrorist plot to bomb the Embassy in 2000. He was also assigned to Park City during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games and was charged with advance planning for State Department protected dignitaries at five Olympic venues. 

Captain Leatham returned to local law enforcement in 2002 when he joined the Summit County Sheriff's Office. He quickly advanced to the rank of Captain and was placed in charge of the Patrol Bureau, the largest and most active Bureau at the Sheriff's Office. While at Summit County, he worked closely with the Department of Homeland Security in creating buffer zone protection plans for critical infrastructure and with the United States Secret Service during Presidential, Vice Presidential, First Lady, and presidential candidate visits to Summit County and Park City. 

Captain Leatham earned a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and a certificate in Criminology and Corrections from the University of Utah in 1994, and has completed graduate work at the University of Utah in Public Administration and the University of Virginia in Criminal Justice.

Captain Leatham is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy (FBINA) session 240, as well as a graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), the Diplomatic Security Training Center, and the National Foreign Affairs Training Center. He is also a graduate of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, Leading Educating, and Developing at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and a graduate of Leadership Park City. 

Captain Leatham currently serves as the Operations Commander at the Park City Police Department, where he oversees patrol, traffic, and special events. Captain Leatham's effective date of retirement will be February 14, 2021. 


Rob McKinney promoted to the rank of Lieutenant; Danielle Snelson promoted to the rank of Sergeant

With continual change, brings both new challenges and exciting opportunities for the Park City Police Department, also announcing the promotions of Patrol Sergeant Danielle Snelson and Lieutenant Rob McKinney.

“Both of these individuals have numerous years of progressive experience in law enforcement and bring unique rural and metropolitan perspectives to our agency, said Chief Carpenter. “Snelson and McKinney have both served in Park City for several years and are proven leaders in our community. They both have a passion for community-oriented policing and have made a very deliberate choice to serve Park City.”

Rob McKinney started his law enforcement career in 2009 with the Utah Highway Patrol and joined Park City Police Department five years later. Since that time, he has fulfilled many special assignments and supervisory roles. McKinney most recently served the Park City Police Department as a Patrol Sergeant, where he has managed patrol scheduling, training, traffic unit, recruitments, and reserve officers. Additionally, he has served on the SWAT Team and has been a critical part of the department's Sundance operation. Last year, he attended the FBI Regional Command College and National Police Week in Washington D.C., where he honored fallen officers, including his friend lost in the line of duty. 

McKinney is the consummate law enforcement professional, and his leadership is key to the Park City Police Department's continued success. He embraces the community policing model of the department and works hard to serve the community. McKinney is also a devoted husband and father to his five children. Park City Police Department is confident that McKinney will continue valiantly protecting and serving Park City in his new role as Lieutenant. 

McKinney's promotion to the rank of Lieutenant is effective immediately.  

Danielle Snelson has honed her skills in law enforcement for almost two decades through sworn and civilian service. She began her career as a civilian crime scene investigator, transitioning into police service at South Salt Lake City Police Department several years later. Since becoming a police officer, Snelson has held many special assignments, including Field Training Officer, Medical Examiner's Office Investigator, Bike Team Officer, and Special Victims Investigator. Her expertise and knowledge of Park City Police operations and local, state, and federal law have allowed her to enforce the law fairly and equitably. 

Throughout her time at Park City Police Department, Snelson has been an example of integrity, grit, dedication, and hard work. She is an excellent communicator, which has allowed her to employ proactive policing to serve the community better. Snelson is a resident of Summit County, where she lives with her partner. She is a committed leader who will continue to bravely serve Park City in her new role as Police Sergeant. 

Snelson's promotion to the rank of Sergeant is effective immediately.  

Due to COVID-19 health concerns, there is currently no promotional ceremony scheduled with Park City Council.  






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