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Andre Anderson announced as new Ferguson interim police chief

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GLENDALE, Az. (KMOV.com/KPHO/KTVK) -- The new Ferguson interim police chief was announced at a press conference Wednesday morning.

News 4 This Morning's Laura Hettiger was outside the Ferguson Police Department Wednesday morning and met Andre Anderson, the new interim police chief. Anderson was previously a commander with the Glendale, Arizona Police Department.

Anderson told News 4 he first arrived in the area on Monday and officially found out he was hired as the chief on Tuesday.  

Anderson has over 24 years of law enforcement experience, according to interim city manager Ed Beasley. While with the Glendale Police Department, Anderson’s duties “included leading the Criminal Investigations Division, supervising detectives from Homicide, Fraud and Computer Forensics, Family Violence as well as other undercover operations to include joint task force agents assigned to the DEA, FBI and U.S. Marshals,” according to City of Ferguson press release. 

Hettiger was the first reporter to meet with Anderson Wednesday morning and asked how his work in Ferguson will be impacted by his not being a licensed police officer in Missouri.

"I won't be able to make traffic stops," Anderson said. "My emphasis will be leading the police officers."

Interim Chief Anderson said his first call of duty is to use recommendations from the Presidential task force and the Department of Justice as guidelines to serve as a template moving forward.

Then, he said, it is all about working with the community and showing that peace prevails.

"The City of Ferguson and our police department have endured a tremendous amount of distrust during the past nine months," Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III said. "We understand that it will take time to once again gain the trust of everyone. We believe that Commander Anderson can make recommendations to the police department that will be innovative and will have long standing improvements for our citizens and to the entire community" 

Anderson is also a United States Army Veteran and holds a Master’s Degree in Education and Leadership and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Safety Administration. He graduated from the FBI National Academy, Northwestern Police and Staff Command School and West Point’s Leadership in Police Organizations Command School. He also served as the Region Six Vice President of the National Organization of Black Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) and as the co-chair for the National Civil Rights Committee. 

The press release stated that Anderson will take a six month leave of absence from the Glendale Police Department to be the interim chief. Anderson’s first day in the position will be Thursday.

Two years ago, Anderson applied to be a police chief in a small Arizona town and, during the hiring process, stated he had a “very diverse background in working with different diversity and different groups.”

Interim city manager Ed Beasley was formerly the city manager in Glendale.

Alan Eickhoff was named as Ferguson's interim police chief after embattled Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson resigned in March. Eickhoff will resume his duties as Assistant Police Chief.

A scathing Department of Justice report revealed problems in the police force's methods of enforcement. 

The report said Ferguson police officers practiced racial profiling and had come to view residents as "sources of revenue." It also blamed the city courts for abuse of African-American residents. 

The report cited racist emails in Ferguson police department correspondence.

Jackson was cleared of civil rights charges by the Department of Justice, but the other findings brought him down.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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