(Dec. 2021) Abilene Police Department: Chief Marcus Dudley, Jr., Chief of Police
ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Abilene Police Chief Marcus Dudley, Jr. has resigned from the force.
City Manager Robert Hanna made the announcement Friday, confirming that Chief Dudley’s resignation is effective March 31.
In a press release announcing his resignation, Chief Dudley issued a statement that read in part, “there are other opportunities I would like to pursue, and while the decision to step down was not an easy one to make, my faith tells me that this is the right decision.”
Chief Dudley has served as Abilene’s police chief since January 2021. He was hired from Aurora, Colorado, as part of a national search to replace former Chief Stan Standridge.
Soon, the municipality is expected to appoint a temporary manager.
Read Chief Dudley’s full statement below:
“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 last two years. Through the creation of an Apparatus Fund, we established a funding mechanism for future high-dollar critical equipment needs. We have adjusted departmental units to more fully meet the needs of our community. New training, equipment and personnel were added to support the fight against crime, all 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 named Chief of Police and am grateful to work with 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.“