Abilene Police Chief Resigns Unexpectedly


ABILENE – Abilene Police Chief Marcus Dudley has submitted his resignation after serving the city for two years.  

According to information from the City of Abilene, Chief Dudley submitted  his resignation to pursue other opportunities.  Dudley served as Chief since replacing Stan Standridge in 2021.  

Below is Dudley's resignation letter: 

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 at the police department these past two years. Through the creation of an Apparatus Fund, we established a funding mechanism for future critical high dollar equipment needs. We realigned departmental units to more adequately address the needs of our community. New training, equipment, and staffing were added to support crime suppression efforts, all while enhancing our police-community relations.

There are other opportunities I would like to pursue, and while the decision to resign was not easy 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 appreciative for working alongside the outstanding women and men who serve at the Abilene Police Department. I am thankful for not only what they do, but also for how they do it.

The City of Abilene is expected to begin searching for a new Chief of Police immediately and will announce an interim chief soon.  

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