Abilene police names Sgt. Richard Waggoner new assistant chief

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Sgt. Richard Waggoner has been promoted to assistant chief at the Abilene Police Department and will oversee patrol services effective Jan. 2, according to a news release.

Richard Waggoner
Richard Waggoner

He was selected to fill the vacancy of Assistant Chief Mike Perry, who voluntarily transferred to a patrol commander position at his previous rank of lieutenant, the release said.

Perry led APD during the transition from former Police Chief Stan Standridge to current Police Chief Marcus Dudley Jr., who officially took the reins of the department Jan. 1.

Waggoner is a graduate of Jim Ned High School and a Marine Corps veteran who started with APD in October 2001. He worked as a patrolman until his promotion to sergeant in February 2007, when he became a patrol supervisor.

Since January 2010, Waggoner has served as traffic division commander. He also has been commander of the SWAT team since August 2010. He joined the team in April 2004.

“Richard Waggoner has served the department and the citizens of Abilene for over 20 years. I believe he will make a great addition to our department as an assistant chief. His proven leadership as a traffic and SWAT commander will help guide our officers for years to come,” Dudley said.

Waggoner joins Dudley and Assistant Chiefs Doug Wrenn and Craig Jordan in APD administration.

This article originally appeared on Abilene Reporter-News: Abilene police names Sgt. Richard Waggoner new assistant chief

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