- Associated Press - Thursday, November 3, 2016

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Ozark native Charles Ward has been named acting director of the Department of Public Safety with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

The public safety bureau comprises three divisions: Motor Carrier Safety, Marine Patrol and Highway Patrol, the last of which makes up the bulk of Ward’s career.

The Dothan Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/2fgKjEq ) Ward served 10 years in highway patrol in Coffee and Dale counties and for a number of years at the Dothan Post. He’s also worked as a dispatcher with the Ozark Police Department.

In a news release, Ward says he’s eager to help the agency serve Alabama citizens.

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This story has been corrected to delete reference to Ward replacing Spencer Collier.

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Information from: The Dothan Eagle, http://www.dothaneagle.com

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