ABILENE, TX – The Abilene Police Department announces the promotion of Sergeant Richard Waggoner to Assistant Chief of Police. Incumbent Assistant Chief Waggoner will oversee Patrol Services effective January 2, 2022.
Assistant Chief Waggoner is a graduate of Jim Ned High School and a Marine Corps veteran who started his employment with the Abilene Police Department in October of 2001. He worked as a patrolman until his promotion to Sergeant in February of 2007 when he became a Patrol supervisor. In January of 2010, he was selected to be the Traffic Division Commander and filled that role until his promotion to Assistant Chief. He has been a member of the SWAT team since April 2004, and the SWAT Commander since August 2010.
“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.” - Chief Marcus Dudley, Jr.
Assistant Chief Waggoner joins Police Chief Marcus Dudley, Jr. and Assistant Chief’s Doug Wrenn and Craig Jordan in Police Administration. He was chosen for the position from an extensive promotional selection process that occurred after Mike Perry voluntarily transferred to a Patrol Commander position at his previous rank of Lieutenant.