On Friday, June 1, 2018, when Tremonton Police Chief David Nance turns in his badge and keys and says goodbye to the force he’s called home for 14 years, he’ll be doing so with fond memories and plenty of accomplishments.
Nance was raised in Syracuse in Davis County, graduating from Clearfield High School in 1974. He served an LDS mission in Mexico and returned to his hometown to enter law enforcement, a career he always knew he would go into.
“I had an uncle that was a police officer so it was more when I was in high school that I decided that was what I wanted to do,” Nance said.
He started his career in law enforcement in 1978 with the Davis County Sheriff’s office, going straight into the field.
“I had two days of FTO,” he said. “They took you out and said this is what you do and you went out and did it. It was a little unnerving.”
He ended up going to paramedic school and did that for several years. For four years he responded to medical emergencies as an EMT before going back to the profession he originally started with, law enforcement.
“The only thing I didn’t like about it is that I really wanted to be in law enforcement,” he said.
“It was different then. We didn’t have computers in the vehicles. You wrote down the information and you went and typed up your report on the typewriter or hand wrote your report,” he recalled. “It was a different way of doing things without the computers.”
Nance spent 24 years with the Layton Police Department, finishing with the department in 2004 as the Assistant Police Chief before he took the job as Tremonton’s Police Chief in June 2004.
“It had grown a lot,” Nance said about Layton as well as the Layton Police Department. “I enjoyed Layton. Layton was a great place. I had a ton of experiences there and a lot of good people that I worked with. It was a great place and it gave a good background.”
Looking for a more small-town feel, Tremonton was the perfect place for Nance and his wife Chris, to finish their careers and eventually retire. Although Chris has a few more years in the workforce, Nance is looking forward to what retirement holds while reflecting on the changes to the Tremonton Police Department throughout the years.
“I liked having that closer association with people that I was able to have here in Tremonton,” he said.
Nance, along with the help of the Tremonton City Council, was able to bring the department and patrol cars up to speed with better technology and safer options. The department also moved locations to better suit their needs. Nance was there when Tremonton got their first K9 officer, Oskar, and watched as other local law enforcement agencies banded together to help each other.
Leaving the world of law enforcement won’t mean he’s gone for good. He’ll help the department write grants and assist in anything else but he won’t be taking on cases or going out on calls.
“I’ll miss the people. There are some very, very good people and the associations with the officers. It’s going to be difficult to not have that close association anymore and with the other people, the office staff and people with the city. Everybody works together very well in this city. The council’s been very good to work with and very supportive. It’s a good group of people and a good place to work all-around,” Nance said.
Nance, a father of three and a grandfather of six, is looking forward to spending time with family, going camping and accomplishing a long list of household projects. He also wants to serve an LDS mission with Chris when the time comes.
Tremonton’s newest Police Chief, Chief Kurt Fertig, will take over the department.
“I think he’ll be great. He’s very good with the public and he’s very knowledgeable. He’s a very sharp guy, very intelligent,” Nance said about Chief Fertig.
Chief Fertig spent almost two decades with the Brigham City Police Department and officially took over Tremonton’s Police Department on May 14.
An open house for Nance will be held Friday, June 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tremonton City office.