Chief of Police
Chief Standridge currently serves as the Police Chief in San Marcos, TX, where he oversees a civil service municipal agency. He is a member of the elected board of the Texas Police Chiefs Association (TPCA), where he oversees the Officer Safety Committee for Texas. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including 20 Under 40 Business Leader, Executive Leadership Award, I-CAN Hero, and the TPCA’s Innovation Award.
Chief Standridge began his law enforcement career in 1995 with the Abilene Police Department, where he worked as Patrol Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Assistant Chief. He spent a decade on the SWAT Team, served in Internal Affairs, and was an instructor on several topics including Ethics, Leadership and Active Shooter. On July 9, 2009, Stan was appointed Chief of the Abilene Police Department, serving for eleven years in that role before coming to San Marcos in November 2020.
Stan holds an undergraduate degree from Midwestern State University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude, and a Masters of Public Administration from Sam Houston State University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, session 226, as well as the Texas Leadership Command College, class 59. In August 2018, Chief Standridge graduated the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar. Prior to his policing career, Stan served in the United States Air Force.
Chief Standridge and his wife, Beth, reside in San Marcos, just a short drive away from their grown children and their families. As a leader, his primary passion is to faithfully steward those in his charge and to build authentic relationships with the community he serves.