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Abilene Police Chief resigns

City of Abilene officials introduced Marcus Dudley as the new Chief of the Abilene Police Department in January of 2021

Saying he wants to pursue other opportunities, Abilene Police Chief Marcus Dudley announced his resignation today. In a statement Chief Dudley said he is blessed to have served the citizens of Abilene. Dudley highlighted the accomplishments he felt proud of over his two years in the position: establishing a fund to cover the costs of expensive equipment needs, as well as realigning the departments leadership structure.

The City of Abilene will appoint an interim chief while it conducts a search for a permanent replacement. "Chief Dudley has served this community well, and I wish him and his family the best in all things,” said City Manager Robert Hanna in a statement.

Dudley arrived in Abilene in January of 2021, after the departure of Stan Standridge. Dudley’s resignation will be effective on March 31, 2023.

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