Grapeland police chief temporarily steps down

GRAPELAND, TX (KTRE) - Citing health reasons, the Grapeland police chief has taken a temporary leave of absence.

Chief Chuck Franklin turned in a letter in August with the request, said acting Chief Kyle Duren. The city council approved the move at their Sept. 8 meeting.

"It is business as usual," Duren said. "We will have no new officers to handle the void. I will stay in the position until the chief comes back or he retires."

Franklin took over as chief after the former chief, John Smith, was fired in April 2013.

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