PALESTINE, Texas — Palestine Chief of Police Andy Harvey announced Friday he will be resigning after two years with the department.

“It has been my pleasure to lead the members of the police department and serve this city for the last two years," Harvey said. "This is a great community and I will miss the good people here. I am ready for my next season."

During Harvey's time as chief, he implemented new crime fighting strategies to target drugs and property crimes using covert and other technology.

Harvey also implemented UNIDOS Hispanic outreach program. As well as creating Quality of Life Officer that focuses on the mental wellness of the departments officers.

He also created the P.L.A.C.E Team consisting of Police, Code Enforcement, Animal Control, and Litter Abatement along with other accomplishments. 

Palestine City Manager Leslie Cloer says she and Harvey will work together to plan for the transition.

“I will be seeking input from our elected officials, business owners, citizens of Palestine, and our employees to set a list of priorities as we plan for how the city moves forward to select a new police chief," Cloer said.