Shuffling of the ranks at the Sealy Police Department continues as new hires are being made and internal promotions have been announced.
The latest officer to receive a career boost is Chris Hudson.
Hudson has been in law enforcement for 19 years, not so coincidentally the same number of years he’s known his wife Tracye.
“I’m truly appreciative for the opportunity to serve as captain,” Hudson said during a promotion ceremony at the Sealy Police Department last week. “The trust I’ve gotten from the chief means a lot.”
The chief, Jay Reeves, also is new to his rank. Reeves was sworn in last month following a unanimous city council vote. Reeves, a longtime SPD assistant chief, replaced Chris Noble, who resigned after decades of serving the Austin PD and three years at Sealy.
City officials announced last week that they intend to eliminate the assistant chief post at a savings of $110,000.
Hudson joins Capt. Scott Riske as one of the top law enforcement officers in the city.
“Captain Riske and Chief Reeves have been fantastic supervisors,” Hudson said. “This department I’d put up against any other. They’re equipped and trained to do anything. There’s a closeness, professionalism and camaraderie.”
The respect is mutual.
“He’s a real asset to us,” Riske said. “This has been a long time coming, and nobody deserves it more than Chris Hudson.”
There’s no competition among the captains, Riske added.
“We’re over two different divisions,” he said. “He’s over support services and I’m over patrol. We’re both doing what we like doing.”
Hudson has repeatedly expressed gratitude for his wife Tracye, whom he met when she was a dispatcher.
“People don’t know what they go through for us to do our jobs,” he said.
Tracye Hudson said her husband is the true hero.
“Words can’t even describe how proud I am,” she said.
Hudson, while appreciative of the support he’s received from his fellow officers, said he wants to earn the respect of the entire community.
“I hope I serve the city well and make them proud,” he said.