Marcus Dudley Jr., Abilene’s police chief for just over 14 months and the city’s first black chief, has resigned from his position effective March 31.
“There are other options I would like to pursue,” he said in a statement included in a city announcement.
The news was posted on the city of Abilene’s website Friday afternoon.
City Manager Robert Hanna said he could not comment beyond a statement he gave on the website:
“Chief Dudley has served this community well and I wish him and his family the best in all things,” Hanna said.
The city manager said an interim chief would be appointed, but he did not set a timetable. With Dudley in the job for the rest of the month, there is time to make that decision, he told the Reporter-News.
Dudley, of Aurora, Colo., succeeded Stan Standridge, who resigned his position under some duress and eventually became chief of the San Marcos department. He had been with the Abilene Police Department since 1995.
Dudley was one of three finalists to replace Standridge and was chosen for the job.
He had to acquire his Texas peace officer qualification after starting his service here on January 1, 2021.
Last week, he presided over the ceremony that brought nine new officers to the department from Class 60 of APD’s academy.
Dudley has asked for a large number of sworn officers. Currently, that number is 216, although APD has been challenged to remain fully staffed.
Here is Dudley’s statement on his resignation:
“I am blessed to have served the citizens of Abilene. My family and I love this community and have made it our home.
“I recognize that much has been accomplished in the police department in the past two years. Through the creation of an apparatus fund, we established a funding mechanism for future high-dollar critical equipment needs. We realigned department units to more appropriately meet the needs of our New Training, equipment and staff were added to support crime-fighting efforts, while improving our police-community relationship.
“There are other opportunities I would like to pursue and although the decision to step down was not an easy one to make, my faith tells me it is the right decision. I am proud of the historic moment I was appointed Chief of Police and am grateful to work alongside the outstanding women and men who serve in the Abilene Police Department.I am grateful not only for what they do, but also for how they do it.