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Weirton police chief stepping down, will take job with Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department

WEIRTON – After 26 years of service, Chief Rob Alexander announced Tuesday he plans to retire from the Weirton Police Department.

He won’t be leaving law enforcement entirely, though, as he has been offered a position with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.

“I got a call yesterday from Sheriff Fred Abdalla,” Alexander said, noting the opportunity will provide him with more time with his family while continuing to serve the area.

“It’s just that time,” he said. “You’ve got to put family first. I’ve missed a lot. It’s time not to miss anymore.”

Alexander has spent the last six years as the top cop in the city of Weirton, and while admitting the job has gotten more difficult in recent years, he says he doesn’t regret any of his choices. He made particular note of Weirton being named the safest city in West Virginia for four consecutive years, saying he takes pride in that accomplishment, and thanking the officers under his command for their work.

City Manager Joe DiBartolomeo explained the move is not connected to the announced reorganization of the Weirton Police Department, saying he and Alexander had been discussing plans for the department’s future.

“I’m disappointed he’s leaving at this stage,” DiBartolomeo said.

Alexander also took time during Tuesday’s council workshop to thank the city administration, members of Weirton Council and the local business community for their support.

Members of council expressed their own appreciation for Alexander and his work over the years.

Ward 3 Councilman Fred Marsh, explaining he had been among those who lobbied former mayor George Kondik to appoint Alexander as chief, said he knew Alexander would work hard for the community.

“You proved me right. You proved everyone on that council right,” Marsh said.

Others agreed.

“I think you’ve done an outstanding job,” Ward 7 Councilman Terry Weigel said. “You’ll be missed.

Ward 6 Councilman Enzo Fracasso said he recognized some of the decisions made by the chief have been difficult, but that he has stuck to them.

Ward 2 Councilman Mike Adams and Ward 5 Councilwoman Flora Perrone both noted Alexander’s assistance as they took office, saying he was always willing to answer their phone calls and their questions.

“Thank you seems insufficient,” Perrone said. “You’re irreplaceable.”

Ward 4 Councilman George Ash, meanwhile, told Alexander there is still time for him to change his mind.

“You don’t have to do this,” Ash said.

Alexander’s last day with the Weirton Police Department will be Sept. 4.

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