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Prince William County Police Chief Steve Hudson Announces Retirement

February 23, 2016 | Virginia News

News Image On February 11, Prince William County Police Chief Steve Hudson publicly announced his plans to retire from the police department. Chief Hudson was selected as the department's third police chief in 2013 following a nationwide search to replace long time serving Police Chief Charlie Deane who retired in 2012. Chief Hudson's last day is scheduled for March 31, 2016.

Chief Hudson has been a Prince William County resident since the 1970s and has served on the police department for 34 years. In that time, he has held many positions across the department and has been in a command level role since 2000. Chief Hudson has served as a patrol officer, detective, Sergeant and First Sergeant supervising units in the Juvenile, Academy and Patrol Bureaus and serving in line functions as a SWAT team leader and Academy Instructor. He was promoted to Lieutenant and then Captain tasked with overseeing command in the Special Operations, Internal Affairs, and Vice/Narcotics Bureaus. In 2008, he was promoted to a Senior Executive Level of the Department as Assistant Chief in charge of the Operations Division and then Criminal Investigations Division before becoming chief in 2013.

"Chief Hudson has served the people of Prince William County with great distinction throughout his career," said Corey Stewart, Chairman of the Board of County Supervisors. "We are grateful for his dedication and sacrifice over the past 34 years and wish him all the best in his future endeavors."

"I have been immensely blessed to work in the law enforcement profession since 1980 and with the Prince William County Police Department since 1982," said Hudson. "I am genuinely grateful for the many opportunities afforded me and my family by Prince William County; and that gratitude extends to the Police Department staff, the County Executive's Office, the Board of County Supervisors, and most importantly, the citizens of this County."

Deputy Chief of Police Barry Barnard will serve as Acting Police Chief following Hudson's retirement until a national search to fill the position is concluded.