Florence gets new police chief

FLORENCE, SOUTH CAROLINA (WMBF)- The City of Florence now has a new police chief.

Allen Heidler has been acting as the city's interim chief for the past several months.  Today, City Manager Drew Griffin announced Heidler's promotion to chief.

"Allen is an experienced veteran of our police department and has a comprehensive understanding of our organization and the City of Florence.  I have complete faith in his professionalism and leadership style which will serve our community and police department exceptionally well.  Further, as the Acting Police Chief, Allen has proven himself to be a conscientious and capable individual who is supportive of the goals of the City.  In my final assessment, Allen will help the City stay on pace with our many projects and improvements of our City," said Griffin.

Heidler has been with the City of Florence Police Department for 30 years. His resume includes experience in Traffic, Investigations and Patrol. Heidler also worked closely with previous Police Chief Anson Shells and says he's looking forward to serving the people of the City of Florence.

"As Florence continues to grow and thrive, I look forward to leading the men and women of the Florence Police Department as we promote positive relationships within our department and the community," said Heidler.

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