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Olive Branch's Heun looks to future

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OLIVE BRANCH, MS (WMC-TV) - Olive Branch Police Chief Art Heun has tendered his resignation, announcing he will leave his post of six years to assume the role of Chief of Police in Dyersburg, Tenn.

"It's something that's been in the back of my mind for a number of years," Heun said Tuesday. "I came to Olive Branch as a change agent, and we've gotten things changed here and turned around and it's a great little department."

Heun replaced former police chief Jim Harris in August of 2003.  Since that time, the police department has grown from 52 to 70 officers.

Heun said he can point to several things he is proud to have accomplished during his time at the helm, but there is one area in particular he says is vitally important.

"I've been very strong with training," he said. "We've established training guidelines for the officers here in Olive Branch. For patrolman, sergeant, lieutenant and so on to produce a better officer.
 
Heun also oversaw the construction of a new facility, which will be ready this fall. He says there have been some good and bad days, but he is looking forward to the future.

"It's kind of bittersweet, but I know I'll be making some new friends and some new relationships," he said.

Heun's resignation is effective July 14. He will assume his new duties as Dyersburg Chief of Police on July 20.

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