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Palestine City Council votes to approve interim Police Chief

PALESTINE, August 13, 2014—The Palestine City Council on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 authorized the city manager to go forward with contract negotiations for an Interim Police Chief pending completion of background checks. The approved candidate, Mike Alexander, is a respected 31-year veteran of law enforcement.

“With council’s approval on Monday night, we are proceeding with employment and background checks, and other required processes,” said City Manager Wendy Ellis. “Weare pleased to have such a viable candidate and hope the pre-employment processes go smoothly and quickly. We want to get the Police Department the support they need as quickly as we can.”

According to Mike Alexander’s resume, he is a graduate of St. Edwards University in Austin Texas and has spent 31 years in law enforcement, with 25 of those years with the Austin Police Department. Mr. Alexander also worked for the Office of the Inspector General Internal Affairs Section where he was responsible for statewide investigations into neglect, abuse and exploitation of the elderly and those with special needs in state supported living centers, hospitals and group homes.

Mr. Alexander is also the founder of LION (Loyalty Integrity Optimism Nobility) Organizational Development Institute. LION is a leadership and development institute with a focus on healthy work environments, officer wellness, ethics and leadership.

Mr. Alexander holds a number of certifications and licenses. He is a licensed TECLOSE instructor and a national certified instructor with the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC). He is also a master peace officer.

KYYK’s Gary Richards spoke with City of Palestine Main Street and Communications Director Laura Westgate about the process. Click below for more.


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