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ALE director retires

Posted September 21, 2009 4:58 p.m. EDT

— Bill Chandler, the director of the state Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement, stepped down abruptly Monday.

Officials said Chandler was retiring after 30 years of public service. Deputy ALE Director Roger Hutchins was named acting director of the agency.

Chandler joined ALE in 1979 as one of the agency’s original field agents. He completed the first basic school that was designed specifically for alcohol law enforcement officers.

In the ensuing years, he worked as a field agent, district supervisor, training coordinator, assistant director and deputy director of ALE. He was named director in November 2007.

During his tenure as director, ALE made strides in enhancing public safety throughout the state, Reuben Young, secretary of the state Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, said in a statement.