Prince William County Police chief Steve Hudson, who is a 30-plus year veteran of the force, said he plans to retire this spring.
Hudson has served for three years as the head of the department. His last day is expected March 31.
He has worked for the county’s police department for 34 years in a variety of roles, including as a patrol officer and detective. He also served as a supervisor in patrol, vice/narcotics and juvenile divisions, an academy instructor and as a SWAT team leader.
Mostly a bedroom community outside of Washington, Prince William County has seen a boom in its population in the last few years. Its police department has had little turnover for the top spot.
Hudson is only the third chief in the history of the police department. Hudson, who grew up mainly in Boston and graduated from Gar-Field High School in Woodbridge, took the helm of the police department after longtime chief Charlie Deane retired in 2012 after 42 years of service.
The department has roughly 600 sworn officers and a budget of about $80 million.
Deputy Chief of Police Barry Barnard is expected to serve as the acting chief after Hudson retires. The department said a national search will be conducted to fill the position.
In a statement, Corey Stewart, the chairman of the county’s Board of Supervisors, said, “Chief Hudson served the people of Prince William County with great distinction throughout his career.
“We are grateful for his dedication and sacrifice.”