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City of Abilene names three finalists for chief of police post

The next step in the selection process will include a meet-and-greet with the Abilene Police Department, City Council, as well as other community stakeholders.
Credit: City of Abilene

ABILENE, Texas — Abilene City Manager Robert Hanna announced in a press release Monday the City’s police chief search committee has named three finalists for the Abilene Chief of Police position.

APD's current Chief Stan Standridge sent a letter of intent to City Manager Robert Hanna in February saying he's seeking employment elsewhere, because of a dating relationship.

The three finalists, in alphabetical order by last name, are:

Roberto Arredondo, Major – northeast patrol division commander, Dallas Police Department

Marcus Dudley Jr., Division Chief – policy and compliance, Aurora, Colo., Police Department

Mark Francisco, Deputy Chief – investigations bureau, Kansas City, Mo., Police Department

The search committee met and selected the three finalists for submission to Hanna Friday, Sept. 11. The next step in the selection process will include a meet-and-greet opportunity with the Abilene Police Department, City Council and other community stakeholders.

According to the release, it is anticipated this will occur within the first two weeks of October.

“The Search Committee, led by former APD Chief Melvin Martin at my request, has done an outstanding job in identifying three finalists. It is now time to find the final candidate that best fits the needs of our community and the department,” Hanna said.

The release said Hanna will make the final choice for Abilene’s next Chief of Police in consultation with former APD Chief Martin and other key community stakeholders. He anticipates a final selection for Abilene Chief of Police will be made within the month of October or early November, at the latest.