Bill O’Neal Bio, Wiki
Bill O’Neal was the police chief of Sandy City, Utah. He has died suddenly, the Sandy City Police Department confirmed. O’Neal’s father was a Navy man, so the family moved a lot before settling in Utah. He told the newspaper that his parents instilled in him the values needed to be a police officer. He served as a police officer in Sandy for two decades before becoming chief. In 2016, when he was named deputy chief, O’Neal was sworn in with his three children, Hunter, Brian and Kalle, at his side.
A career as Sandy Police Chief
O’Neal Had Been Sandy’s Chief Since 2018 But Was on the Force for Decades Before That. the police shared a collage of photos of O’Neal’s swearing-in. They wrote: Congratulations to our new Chief of Police, Bill O’Neal, on your swearing-in today. We look forward to working with you, and your leadership in this department.
Congratulations to our new Chief of Police, Bill O'Neal, on your swearing in today. We look forward to working with you, and your leadership in this department.
He had served Sandy City as a police officer for over 20 years before becoming police chief, holding a variety of positions on the force.
When he was chosen as chief, O’Neal told the Sandy Journal that making a difference to average people was the most important thing to him as a police officer.
Being there to save someone’s life is a great thing. But also making a difference in someone’s life is what reminds me that it’s all worth it,” said O’Neal then to the newspaper.
Posted by Mayor Bradburn on Friday, April 12, 2019
Death and Cause
O’Neal died at 4:30 p.m., according to the statement. The Sandy Police Department announced the sudden death of its chief Sunday night.
“It is with a heavy heart and deep regret to inform you of the untimely passing of Chief William (Bill) O’Neal,” read a statement from the department.
West Jordan Police Department tweeted “such sad news. You will be missed Chief.”