A 30 year police officer in Prince William County - who has lived in the county for even longer - has been named chief of police.
Stephan M. Hudson was named after a competitive nationwide search, Prince William County government said in a press release.
He succeeds Charlie Deane, who retired.
Hudson has been the county's assistant police chief since 2008, but his long tenure with the police department includes stints as a patrol officer, plain-clothes detective, sergeant and first sergeant, SWAT team leader and a captain in charge of special operations, internal affairs and vice/narcotics bureaus.
“Stephan Hudson exemplifies the character, integrity, creativity and dedication to service that is at the core of the Prince William Police Department,” said Melissa S. Peacor, County Executive, in the news release. “I have full confidence that he will lead our department into the future as we face the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”
“I am humbled and more than honored to be selected to serve as the third police chief in the history of this department,” said Hudson in the release. “I am also extremely thankful and proud to have worked alongside each member of the Police Department and appreciate the selfless service they provide to our citizens."