Milford Police Chief E. Keith Hudson announces retirement

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Chief Keith Hudson helping to direct traffic during last week’s Running of the Goat 5k run/walk in downtown Milford.

MILFORD – After nearly 40 years of service to the city of Milford, Milford Police Chief E. Keith Hudson announced on Friday, Aug. 28, that he will retire this year.

Chief Hudson said it was an honor to serve his hometown when he informed the Milford City Council of his intent to retire.

“Though there have been some really good times and some really challenging ones, the majority of my career has been a truly rewarding experience. Today police are constantly faced with unwanted circumstances and they will have to continue working hard to build and maintain that community trust,” Chief Hudson said.

Chief Hudson said he believes this is the right time to retire and is comfortable leaving behind a very professional and well-trained police force.

He thanked the Mayor and Council for choosing him to be their Chief of Police in 2002 and acknowledged their ongoing encouragement and support during the past 13 years.

Commending the officers and employees at the police department for their hard work and dedication to this city, he said “that today, these officers are busier than ever before as the statistics easily prove.”

Chief Hudson, 58, is unsure what the next step will be in his life but when the city of Milford joined the State of Delaware Public Employees’ Retirement Plan back in 2005, the chief always indicated that 2015 would be his final year.

Chief Hudson resides in Milford with his wife, Terri, of 34 years and has two children, Megan, and Sean and a granddaughter Sadie.

Mayor Bryan W. Shupe said, “As Mayor, Councilman, business owner and resident in the City of Milford, it has been an honor to work alongside Chief Hudson. Protecting and serving his community through four decades, Chief Hudson started from humble beginnings as a dispatcher and worked his way to Chief as he carried out his work with the highest level of honesty, integrity and compassion towards all of the residents and visitors he served. As the City grew exponentially over his tenure, his philosophy of treating all people with dignity and respect never wavered. As an officer of the law, Chief Hudson ensured our public safety and created a strong partnership with the community. I know that he will continue this commitment and service to the city of Milford long after his retirement.”

Mayor Shupe will work with Vice Mayor and Police Committee Chairman Doug Morrow to discuss the process for finding a replacement for Chief Hudson. Their recommendation will be presented to City Council for a final decision.

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