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Collin County Constable-Elect Mike Vance Dies

Mike Vance in uniform with an American flag in the background.
Courtesy of Collin County

Collin County is mourning Mike Vance, who was just elected Constable this month.

County Judge Chris Hill sent out an email Friday afternoon explaining that Vance died after a unspecified short illness. Hill told KERA News the illness was not COVID-related.

"Constable-Elect Vance served our community faithfully and honorably for over 30 years," Hill said in a statement. "He spent his career protecting the families in our community, and we are grateful for his life of service. I am personally thankful that I had the opportunity to know Mike as a friend and colleague at Collin County. He will be greatly missed.”

Vance retired from the Collin County Sheriff’s Office last year after serving 34 years in various roles. He spent 17 years on the SWAT team.

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Rick Holter was KERA's vice president of news. He oversaw news coverage on all of KERA's platforms – radio, digital and television. Under his leadership, KERA News earned more than 200 local, regional and national awards, including the station's first two national Edward R. Murrow Awards. He and the KERA News staff were also part of NPR's Ebola-coverage team that won a George Foster Peabody Award, broadcasting's highest honor.