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Palestine city council votes to terminate police chief; fate is in city manager's hands

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Police Chief Robert Herbert. (Source: Palestine police) Police Chief Robert Herbert. (Source: Palestine police)
PALESTINE, TX (KLTV) - Palestine city council has voted 4-3 to terminate the police chief.

The Palestine Police Officers Association says that the council has voted to terminate Chief Robert Herbert. However, it will ultimately be City Manager Wendy Ellis' decision, and at this time, they say, she has opted to place him on administrative leave until the next city council meeting.
At that meeting, she will give her final ruling on the matter.

The Texas Municipal Police Association says they anticipate Ellis making Herbert's termination official at the city council meeting next Monday.

The ruling follows months of unrest among Palestine officers. The Texas Municipal Police Association says they were called on by Palestine Police Officers who said their chief, Robert Herbert, needs to go.

A management survey of the officers revealed that not a single one of them thinks the chief is a good leader, nor are they content working at the police department for the remainder for their careers. Last Tuesday, the chief was expected to host a town hall meeting, but it was canceled just moments before it was scheduled to begin. The city explained, "The original purpose of the Police Department Town Hall Meeting was to have an open dialogue on the services and activities in the Westwood neighborhood. A misrepresentation that the Town Hall Meeting is as a continuation of council session discussions will hinder our ability to provide citizens the information and the interaction they deserve."

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