ABILENE, TX -- The City of Abilene has introduced Marcus Dudley as the new chief of the Abilene Police Department.
During the Friday morning press conference, Dudley shared the following message.
"It's very clear to me that (the selection committee) wanted to do due diligence and to make sure that this thriving, wonderful family atmosphere that exists here in Abilene continues and that that's not disrupted in any way, and if anything, that they selected the candidate that will be able to enhance and grow those relationships moving forward."
Chief Dudley has 24 years of experience in law enforcement. Before being selected to lead APD, he was employed as the Internal Affairs Bureau Commander in the City of Aurora, Colorado Police Department. He was also a finalist for police chief in his department.
Before that, he served as the Investigations Bureau Commander.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics with a concentration in management and finance from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas.
Dudley served in the U.S. Army Reserves for eight years and was deployed to the combat zone during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
He was awarded the following honors:
- Combat patch
- National Defense Service Medal
- Southwest Asia Service Medal
Dudley visited Abilene with his wife Amy and two daughters. He also has a 24-year-old son in Denver. He will sworn around January 1, 2021.