Frankford has been going through some things recently.
From arguments over citizens’ privilege at council meetings to debate over a pension plan for Town employees to water bill delays, there has been some tension between officials and residents. One topic that hasn’t been hotly debated is the Town’s police force.
Chief William Dudley was in charge. And there were no questions.
Dudley was synonymous with Frankford over the past seven years. Long known throughout our community during stints at other agencies, Dudley was often seen patrolling the streets of Frankford and trying to boost activities at the Town’s park to keep young people engaged. Crime has noticably slowed down a bit in the town, and many credit that to Dudley’s activity.
But Dudley won’t be around much longer.
Following months of speculation, Dudley officially announced to Frankford Town Council earlier this week that he would be retiring at the end of the year. That timeline, he said, could be extended a few weeks at the Town’s discretion if they need Dudley to help find or train a replacement.
“I have no problem doing that if that’s what they need,” said Dudley. “I don’t know how they’re going to proceed at this point. I don’t know what their plans are. It’s their town. It’s their decision. I’m not going to get involved in it.”
That comment was amidst other rampant speculation that Frankford might just disband their police department.
“This department is set up, if they want to continue it, to be succesful,” said Dudley. “Without a police department, I think it’ll be a situation where things run rampant ... and I don’t think that’s what the people of this town really want.”
Regardless of which direction the Town ultimately goes, we wish Dudley a retirement filled with joy. He’s earned it.