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Posted on: October 16, 2020

Marcus Dudley, Jr. named City of Abilene's next Chief of Police

Welcome Marcus Dudley Jr, Abilene's Next Chief of Police

The City of Abilene and its Police Chief Search Committee is pleased to announce Marcus Dudley, Jr. will serve as Abilene’s next Chief of Police.

“Mr. Dudley exhibits the servant leadership, commitment to fairness, and professional expertise that is necessary to lead one of the best police departments in the state of Texas. APD has a legacy of excellence, and under Chief Dudley’s leadership and management, I am certain that this legacy of excellence will continue well into the future,” said Abilene City Manager Robert Hanna.

Hanna made the final hiring decision after working in close consultation with the Police Chief Search Committee, led by former Abilene Police Chief Melvin Martin. The search committee also consisted of three APD officers, Taylor County District Attorney James Hicks, Taylor County Sheriff Ricky Bishop, and Abilene Police Foundation President Joy Ellinger.

“We had an outstanding committee and three awesome candidates in our final selection who highly impressed our committee and community members. However, one finalist stood out among the rest; congratulations to Chief Marcus Dudley!  We welcome you to our great city, and welcome you to our even greater police department,” said former APD Chief Melvin Martin.

Dudley comes to Abilene from the Aurora Police Department in Aurora, Colorado, where he most recently served as Division Chief, Professional Accountability.

“I am excited for this opportunity to serve alongside the women and men of the Abilene Police Department. Throughout the selection process, Mr. Hanna and the Police Chief Search Committee demonstrated their commitment to ensuring a good fit for the family atmosphere that exists in Abilene. I recognize the City had many great leaders to choose from, and I am honored to be their choice. My family and I look forward to becoming a part of such a welcoming community,” said Chief Dudley.

Chief Dudley will begin work as Abilene’s Chief of Police on January 1, 2021.


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