The City of Waco recently announced the five finalists competing for the position of Chief of Police.


According to a report from our news partners at KWTX, the City of Waco has narrowed their search for Chief of Police down to five candidates. Police Chief Ryan Holt is leaving the position after accepting a job as assistant city manager.

Holt served as Chief of Police since 2017, after Chief Brent Stroman retired in July of 2016.The City of Waco received over 90 applications for the position from 30 states and two countries.

The city of Waco provided the following information on the candidates.

  • Albert (Stan) Standridge has 25 years of experience with the Abilene Police Department and currently serves as Chief. He spent a decade on the SWAT Team, served in Internal Affairs, and he continues to teach on several topics including ethics, leadership, and active shooter. Prior to his law enforcement career, Stan served in the United States Air Force as a Security Specialist, serving two years overseas and two years at Dyess Air Force Base.Stan has been a certified adjunct instructor with Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT), which is the national model used by law enforcement in response to active threats, since 2004.Stan holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Sam Houston State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Art and Science from Midwestern State University.
  • Jason Lando has 21 years of experience with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and is currently serving his sixth year as Commander. He previously worked assignments in patrol, undercover narcotics, SWAT, and as a crisis negotiator. Jason and several colleagues established the Police Bureau’s Procedural Justice Unit. His team designed and implemented training in procedural justice, de-escalation, and implicit bias, and trained 1,000 police officers over three years. The team now offers implicit bias training to community members and local organizations. Jason holds a Master’s degree in Legal Studies from the California University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s degree in Emergency Medicine Management from the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Marcus Dudley has more than 23 years of experience in law enforcement and currently serves as the Internal Affairs Bureau Commander for the City of Aurora, Colorado Police Department. He previously served as the Investigations Bureau Commander. Marcus also served in the United States Army Reserves for eight years and was deployed to the combat zone during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He was awarded combat patch, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Southwest Asia Service Medal. Marcus holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics with a concentration in management and finance from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas.

  • Patrick Gallagher has 30 years of experience with the Virginia Beach Police Department, where he serves as Deputy Chief. He began his law enforcement career in 1983 after joining the U.S. Army’s Military Police Corps.  His military assignments included the 218th MP Company, Augsburg Germany and the 555th MP Company at Fort Lee, Virginia. Patrick is the co-chair of the Virginia Beach Inclusion and Diversity Council and is a lead instructor for the City’s mandatory Inclusion and Diversity training. Patrick holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, both from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

  • Richard Bash has 31 years of experience with the Columbus Division of Police and currently serves as Deputy Chief. He has served as Deputy Chief of Homeland Security, Patrol, Investigative, and now the Public Accountability subdivision. Before being promoted to his current rank, Richard held assignments as a School Resource Officer, Mounted Officer, Covert and Investigative Officer, and commanded units including the Community Liaison Officers and the Crime Lab. Richard holds a Master’s degree in Management from Mt. Vernon Nazarene University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Ohio Dominican University.

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