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      Florence gets a new police chief

      Florence Police Chief Allen Heidler/Florence Police

      Allen Heidler is Florence's new police chief.

      He's been acting as the interim chief since last October when Anson Shells stepped down to take another position in the city.

      Heidler has been with the department for 30 years, serving in the patrol, traffic and investigation divisions.

      "I am truly honored to serve the residents of Florence," said Heidler in a news release Tuesday. "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."

      "Allen is an experienced veteran of our police department and has a comprehensive understanding of our organization and the City of Florence," said City Manager, Drew Griffin. "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."