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Rob Alexander has spent the past 26 years in service to the Weirton community, taking the oath of office as an officer with the Weirton Police Department in 1994. He has taken on a variety of duties during that time, becoming certified in numerous skills in an effort to better serve the citizens.

It has all culminated in the last six years in which he has served as the city’s police chief, service that is being celebrated, as Alexander retired last week from the Weirton Police Department.

Tuesday night, family, friends, his fellow officers and city officials gathered for a reception in Alexander’s honor, thanking him for all he has done.

Many noted the sacrifices it takes to serve in law enforcement; the long hours, time away from family and more, never knowing for certain what each day will bring.

Alexander himself noted some of those sacrifices, but also the blessings he has received while a member of the Weirton Police Department.

Many of those blessings, he said, involved the relationships he was able to build, not only with his fellow officers, but members of the Weirton community itself. Those relationships, he explained, made it possible to better communicate with residents, business owners and others in the area. They also made it possible to obtain donations in support of various projects, including support for the K-9 division, equipment purchases and other needs.

Under his leadership, Weirton has been ranked for the last four years as the safest city in West Virginia.

It takes a true sense of duty and leadership, and a commitment to a community, to give of oneself for so many years, and while we are saddened to see him step away from service to his hometown, we are thankful to have him continue his service to the Ohio Valley with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.

We thank you, Chief Alexander, and wish you the best in the years to come.

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