Red Oak has a new police chief in town.

The Red Oak City Council approved the appointment of Craig Rudolph as Red Oak Police Chief at Monday’s city council meeting.

“I think we have come up with a very good candidate for you,” said interim city manager Todd Fuller, who recommended the appointment of Rudolph.

Rudolph has 22 years of experience in law enforcement and served six years as the deputy chief for the Waxahachie Police Department. He is currently working as a special agent with the Naval Criminal Investigations Service.

“I look forward to working in this community and becoming a part of this progressive city,” Rudolph said. “I’m glad to be here and I’m looking forward to the challenges in this community.”

The search began after Red Oak Police Chief Donald “Red” Fullerton’s employment was terminated March 23. The city hired a search firm shortly after, which shuffled through 93 candidate applications, categorizing the applicants into two tiers. From those applicants, a search firm consisting of city of Red Oak Human Resources Director Clifton Beck, city councilman Eric Smith and Dallas Police Department Assistant Chief Ron Waldrop interviewed six candidates, with Fuller recommending Rudolph as the finalist.

The council also approved a three-year employment contract.

“He has requested a three-year employment contract and has agreed to the offer of a salary at $90,000 a year, which is a decrease from his current salary,” Fuller said in a memo to the city council, adding that Beck said a request for a three-year contract is not unusual.

Rudolph has a masters of science in human relations and business from Amber University, a bachelors of science in professional development from Southwestern Assemblies of God University and is a graduated of Southwestern Law Enforcement Institute in Richardson, Texas.

According to his resume, Rudolph has worked as a special agent for NCIS Resident Agency in Corpus Christi since February 2002 and is responsible for all aspects of felony criminal investigations including homicide, sexual assault, burglary, robbery, child abuse, arson, narcotics, domestic abuse and theft of government property. During his time with NCIS, he had been assigned to protective service of the Secretary of the Navy, senior military commanders and other officials.

Rudolph worked as deputy chief of the Waxahachie Police Department from November 1996 through February 2002. According to his resume Rudolph was responsible for direct supervision of approximately 64 employees and managed daily operations through supervision of the division administrators and detective supervisor. He also assisted in administering the department budget of $3.4 million.

Rudolph worked his way up the ladder at the Waxahachie Police Department, starting as a patrol officer in 1987 and serving as patrol corporal, detective corporal, patrol lieutenant and commander of the criminal investigation division prior to becoming deputy chief.

He has also served with the Wilmer Police Department, the Hillsboro Police Department and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department.

Rudolph currently resides in Corpus Christi.

Rudolph will take over as Red Oak Police Chief Monday, Sept. 3.

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