City Manager to Support Stan Standridge as Police Chief

City Manager to Support Stan Standridge as Police Chief

ABILENE, Texas – During City Council meeting in July, City Manager Larry Gilley supported to the City Council that Assistant Police Chief Stan Standridge should serve as the next police chief of the Abilene Police Department. {{more}} Melvin Martin, who served the City of Abilene for more than 40 years and the last 15 years as police chief, retired on May 31, 2009. Jim Berry, who was not a candidate for the position, has been the interim chief since Martin retired.”I am deeply honored to continue serving this community,” Stan Standridge noted. “I love Abilene, and I have considered it home since 1991. Chief Melvin Martin left our department in great shape, after having worked closely with the community. I will continue this legacy. We are better together!” Standridge joined the Abilene Police Department as a patrolman in 1995. His law enforcement career includes serving as the department’s community services division manager, internal affairs investigator/SWAT team leader, advanced ethics trainer, master peace officer and assistant police chief. Standridge co-founded Brothers in Blue, a support group for police employees, and graduated from City University, class 2008-2009. He also served in the United States Air Force as a security specialist. Standridge attended the FBI National Academy as well as Leadership Command College through Sam Houston University in Huntsville, Texas. He anticipates graduating with a bachelor of arts from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas in May 2010.“We had outstanding police chief candidates from within the organization,” explained City Manager Larry Gilley. “Having these high quality, internal finalists speaks to the overall excellence of our police department. Stan will continue to uphold the department’s reputation for professionalism, collaboration and community focus. His strong leadership and commitment to teamwork will be the guiding force for providing the best police force possible.”The three other finalists for the position were Assistant Police Chief Ken Merchant, Lieutenant Mike Perry and Lieutenant Tracy Weems.Standridge has been named Police Chief of the Abilene Police Department Thursday, July 9. Stan is married to his wife, Susan, and they have two teenage daughters, Megan and Emily.