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Andre Anderson Tapped as Interim Ferguson Police Chief

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    Andre Anderson Tapped as Interim Ferguson Police Chief
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    Andre Anderson speaks during a news conference announcing him as the interim police chief of the Ferguson Police Department Wednesday, July 22, 2015, in Ferguson, Missouri.

    Andre Anderson — a former amateur boxer, Army alum and 24-year veteran of the Glendale, Arizona, force — has been chosen to serve as the interim police chief of Ferguson, Missouri.

    He has been tasked with reforming Ferguson's scandal-scarred police department, as well as with rebuilding confidence in a community ripped apart by last summer's racial unrest.

    "There's a lot of work to be done," Anderson, told reporters on Wednesday. "I'm ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work."

    Anderson, 50, is taking a six-month leave from his Glendale post to serve in Ferguson, a role that could become permanent at the end of his service, Mayor James Knowles III said.