Abilene's Top Cop Stepping Down For Personal Reasons

Barbara Schwarz
February 26, 2020 - 6:17 am
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ABILENE (1080 KRLD) - Chief Stan Standridge, who's been with the Abilene Police department for 25 years is leaving so he can have a relationship with the police chaplain, Beth Reeves. 

In a resignation letter to the city manager, Standridge writes after his divorce was finalized two months ago, he sought permission from the city to date Reeves. He says that caused problems within the department, which led to his decision to depart,

Standridge was appointed chief of police in 2009. Reeves was with the department part time for five years before she came on full time in March of 2018.   

Reeves will stay on through the end of the year or until he find another position. 

Here is Chief Standridge’s letter to the City Manager Robert Hanna:

Dear Robert,

Please accept this letter as my intent to leave employment at the Abilene Police Department in the coming months and within calendar year 2020. I have enjoyed an unimaginable career with the City of Abilene, and I believe I have faithfully executed my duties for 25 years.

Two months ago and upon finalization of my divorce, I approached City Administration and sought permission to begin a dating relationship with Beth Reeves, who is also employed by the City of Abilene. APD Policy C-2 requires that I report any intent to begin a dating relationship, and that any reporting structures be resolved prior to dating. This was done, and I am thankful for an opportunity to pursue a woman of remarkable character who has served to many families in her twenty years of ministry.

My decision, however, has caused a disruption in maintenance and order of the Department, which I fully recognize and assume ownership. I wish to pursue this dating relationship, to with transparency, I disclose my Intent to seek employment at another police agency in Texas. I am very thankful for continued employment during this search, and I promise you and our elected leaders and all citizens that I will continue to give 100 percent effort to serving those we protect. My record of service speaks for itself, and I cannot possibly thank everyone enough for the opportunity to police in such a loving community. We are better together, and Abilene has truly been a city on a hill that cannot be hidden.

Forever thankful,

Stan Standridge

Chief of Police

Abilene Police Department