After lengthy search, San Marcos announces new police chief

Stan Standridge (Courtesy city of San Marcos)
Stan Standridge (Courtesy city of San Marcos)

Stan Standridge (Courtesy city of San Marcos)

After a lengthy search that resulted in two remaining candidates out of several dozen by the end of September, the city of San Marcos has selected Stan Standridge as the new chief of the San Marcos Police Department.

A release from the city issued the evening of Oct. 21 states the decision is still subject to City Council confirmation Nov. 4.


Standridge beat out Chief Robert Brown, who leads the Duncanville Police Department, for the position.

“Chief Standridge rose to the top of a very competitive and highly qualified field of applicants,” City Manager Bert Lumbreras said in the release. “It’s clear that our community wants a leader who understands our demographics and is adept at serving every single resident in a cohesive and thoughtful manner. Chief Standridge has the proven ability to be a community leader, and he’s the right person to lead our men and women in blue into the future.”

Following council confirmation, Standridge will begin his position Nov. 16, according to the release.
By Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018. From there he became a dual-market editor for Community Impact's New Braunfels and San Marcos-Buda-Kyle editions. Brian is now a senior editor for the company's flagship papers, the Round Rock and Pflugerville-Hutto editions.