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Gladewater Police Chief announces resignation

GLADEWATER, TX (KLTV) -

"This one that I'm real proud of a two-star general gave to me," said Gladewater Police Chief Farrell Alexander as he pointed out a coin in his office.

Alexander has 23 years worth of memories at the department.

"I worked all the way up from patrol to sergeant to chief, so I've been here a long time. It's gone by pretty quick, it really has. It's gone by fast. Especially when you start hiring people that are the same ago of your kids you realize that you've been here a long time," Alexander laughed.

Alexander said he will continue serving as a pastor of a local church and the president of the Gladewater Lion's Club, staying active in the community while allowing more time for his family.

"We know that police officers, due to the stress of the job, they don't have a long life expectancy," Alexander said.

So, Alexander vowed to chase another passion, something that may come as a surprise when talking about a man whose spent the last 28 years in law enforcement.

"I'll be going to work for Premier Legacy Real Estate in Longview," Alexander said.

As he looks forward to his new career, he takes a moment to look back, and said he is happy with how far the department has come.

"We've come a long way, but it's not finished yet of course. There's always improvement, and I think it's in a position now where it could be handed off to someone else," Alexander said.

"It's been a great time. I love the people of Gladewater, and I love the city and the citizens here," he said.

A love that he said will keep him here in this community, finding other ways to serve.

Gladewater's city manager said they will start advertising this job opening next week.

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