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City of Palestine releases statement on termination of police chief

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PALESTINE, TX (KLTV) - The City of Palestine has been embroiled in a personnel battle that finally came to a close on Monday night.

The city council voted on Monday night 5-2 to accept the decision of City Manager Wendy Ellis to terminate Chief Robert Herbert, who has been on administrative leave since June 16. The council heard from community members who had opinions on all sides of the issue, they say, and the mayor and council expressed appreciation for their input.

According to the city's press release, "Council moved into executive session pursuant to Section 551.074 – Personnel Matters and Section 551.071 – Consultation with Attorney. The Texas Local Government Code allows for executive session meetings to be held when discussing personnel matters."

Upon returning from closed session, City Manager Wendy Ellis announced her decision to terminate Chief of Police Robert Herbert, if the council approved.

Council member Mark Price then made a motion to approve the city manager’s action, according to the release, and the motion passed 5-2.

Council members in favor were: Mayor Therrell Thomas, Adam Harding (District 1), Joseph Thompson (District 4) and Mark Price (District 5) and Steve Presley (District 6).

Council members voting as opposed were: Vernon Denmon (District 2) and Vickey Chivers (District 3).

At this time, the city says it is processing the termination according to existing human resource laws and city policy.

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