- Associated Press - Monday, January 30, 2017

SELMA, Ala. (AP) - Former Alabama Law Enforcement Secretary Spencer Collier is the new police chief of Selma.

Selma Mayor Darrio Melton announced the appointment Monday.

Melton, in a statement, said Collier’s “expertise in law enforcement will benefit our city and help move us forward.”

Collier and Melton served together in the House of Representatives. Collier is a former homeland security director for the state and former state trooper.

Collier has been in a public dispute with his previous boss Gov. Robert Bentley.

Bentley dismissed Collier as law enforcement secretary last year. Collier the next day accused Bentley of having an affair with a staffer and interfering in law enforcement business.

Bentley admitted making personal mistakes but denied a sexual affair and the other allegations. Collier has a pending civil lawsuit against Bentley.

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