Springville welcomes new police chief Craig Martinez

Craig Martinez
Springville Police Chief Craig Martinez.

Craig Martinez is the new Chief of Police for the Springville Police Department. He was appointed by Mayor Rick Child, and the city council subsequently approved the appointment.

Martinez will be sworn in on June 4, at 6:30 p.m. prior to the Springville City Council Meeting. Immediately following the ceremony, an open house will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room to celebrate. The public is welcome to attend the ceremony and open house. Springville Civic Center, 110 South Main Street, Springville.

Martinez replaces Scott Finlayson, who retired in May. Appointed on April 1, 1996, Finlayson served as Chief of Police for twenty-three years, the longest running police chief in Springville history. Finlayson had worked in law enforcement for a total of forty years.

Having previously served in the Marine Corps, the Utah Highway Patrol, the Utah State Prison, and the Federal Aviation Administration, Martinez brings a long list of experience to his new position. Prior to his appointment as Springville’s Police Chief, Martinez served as a Captain for the Orem Police Department, where he worked for sixteen years.

One of his responsibilities within the Orem PD was being the face of the department’s Facebook page.

There are many in Orem who are sad to see Martinez leaving the department. Collectively, there have been hundreds of social media posts wishing him well and bemoaning the loss of his distinctive, often humorous voice on the Orem PD page. He’s become well-known for his witty and transparent posts that are designed to educate and inform—a practice that some say he’ll continue in his new job as Chief of Police.

Martinez has long been a fixture in Utah County, as he was raised in Spanish Fork. He and his wife, Shantelle, have three children ages 14 to 25.