Palestine Police Chief Andy Harvey


Palestine Police Chief Andy Harvey may be trading Texas heat for Florida sunshine, as he squares off against five other candidates to become police chief of Palm Bay, Florida.

“Whenever he leaves, Palestine has benefited from his tenure here,” Mayor Steve Presley told the Herald-Press Wednesday. “He's moved us forward in community policing, and that's extremely important.”

This is the second time in the past nine months Harvey has been a finalist for a police chief job outside Palestine.

Palm Bay, in southwest Florida, has a population of roughly 100,000. 

“I'm not unhappy in Palestine,” Harvey, 49, told the Herald-Press last October before he interviewed for police chief of Pharr, Texas. “I'm not pushing away from Palestine, but pushing towards the future.”

Among the other finalists are two command officers from the Palm Bay Police Department, two more candidates from Florida, and one from Massachusetts.

Harvey has served in Palestine for just under two years; he was hired Aug. 28, 2017.