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Palestine announces interim police chief

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PALESTINE, TX (KLTV) -

 After terminating Robert Herbert in June following months of controversy, a new chief has not yet been named. Now, however, an interim has been chosen.

Mike Alexander has been named interim chief of police, according to the Palestine Police Officer's Association. Alexander has spent 31 years in law enforcement, beginning with the Travis County Sheriff's Office, according to an online biography at his company's site.

He left the sheriff's office and spent 25 years with Austin Police Department, where he retired as a sergeant. Following his retirement, he went to work for the Office of Inspector General Internal Affairs. In that role, Alexander was in charge of a statewide inspection division, which was responsible for investigating state employees accused of abuse, neglect and exploitation of the elderly or handicapped.

Alexander then founded his own organizational development company, which focuses on healthy work environments, officer wellness, and leadership. He is also a national certified instructor on Ethics and Integrity through the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.  In addition, he's an instructor with the Texas Police Chiefs Association on Developing Police Leaders in Texas.

Alexander's first day in the interim role in Palestine has not been publicly announced.

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