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Former lawman is named Provo city administrator

A well-traveled former police chief could become Provo's next chief administrative officer.

Mayor Lewis Billings has selected Robert Stockwell to run the city's day-to-day operations. Stockwell's appointment is pending City Council approval Tuesday night.Stockwell, who has a master's degree in public administration from Brigham Young University, is currently the city manager in Alamogordo, N.M. Prior to that he worked as a city manager in West Jordan; Eureka, Calif.; Great Falls, Mont., and Sparks, Nev. He also has served as police chief in West Jordan and Roosevelt.

Stockwell beat out 77 other applicants for the job. Billings chose him from among three finalists identified by a five-member interview board comprising two city department heads, one City Council member and two residents at large.

The salary range for the chief administrative officer position is $46,738 to $83,100.