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Ocala appoints new police chief

Mike Balken Accepted his appointment

Ocala city officials appointed a new police chief on Tuesday.
Ocala city officials appointed a new police chief on Tuesday. (WKMG)

OCALA, Fla. – Ocala city officials appointed a new police chief on Tuesday.

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Chief Mike Balken accepted his position at a city council meeting.

The police department posted a video of people congratulating Balken on his new position.

The video shows Balken shaking hands with people at the meeting.

He will replace Chief Greg Graham.

Graham passed away after a small plane he was flying crashed near Dunnellon.

The cause of the crash is not known at this time.


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