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PPD Chief could see contract extension despite TMPA survey

PALESTINE, June 9, 2014–The Palestine City Council will host a meeting on Monday, June 9, to consider granting the Palestine Police Chief, Robert Herbert, a new contract. The meeting will be open to the public and begins at 5:30 p.m., at Palestine City Hall.

In light of a recent Management Survey for Palestine Police Chief Robert Herbert, conducted by the Texas Municipal Police Association, tonight's meeting should be lively. Representatives from the TMPA will be present at the meeting to present their opposition to City Council regarding a new contract for Chief Herbert.

In highlights of the survey, TMPA reports that Chief Herbert received the following from members of Palestine Police Department:

• 0% of police department employees having high moral
• 0% of the police department employees would finish their career at Palestine PD
• 0% of police department employees have confidence that Chief Herbert can lead the department into the future

According to TMPA, the Palestine Police Officers Association (PPOA) and TMPA received complaints from officers at the Palestine Police Department with regard to morale and lack of leadership within the police department. According to TMPA, in order to develop a plan to correct any departmental issues the TMPA and PPOA conducted the professional management study. TMPA reported that over 80 percent of the Palestine Police Department employees participated in this survey, including more than 96 percent of all sworn peace officers.

The TMPA says the Chief of Police was the only commissioned peace officer that did not complete the survey and the survey results were the most negative scores ever revealed on such management studies performed at any Texas police department in more than ten years.

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