Hanford selects next Police Chief from in-house

Captain Huddleston will be the first female Police Chief in Hanford history.

Hanford has selected Captain Stephanie Huddleston to take over as the city’s next Police Chief. 

Hanford City Manager Mario Cifuentez announced the selection on Friday. 


The big picture: Huddleston ascends to the department’s top spot after nearly two decades as a police officer in Hanford. 

  • She first joined the department as a patrol officer in January 2006 and became the highest-ranking female officer in department history when she was promoted to Sergeant. 
  • Huddleston, a lifelong Hanford resident, has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in criminology from Fresno State and will pursue a doctorate in criminal justice leadership from Liberty University. 
  • Her appointment will be effective on Jan. 22. 

What they’re saying: “I believe Captain Huddleston is the right person to move the department forward in our growing community,” Cifuentez said in a statement. “Her character and leadership are beyond reproach, and I look forward to seeing what she will accomplish in the years ahead.” 

  • Huddleston said she feels that she has been preparing for this opportunity since she started her law enforcement career. 
  • “One of the reasons I’ve never wanted to leave here is that I’ve always felt that support from our community,” Huddleston said in a statement. “I’ve never felt like we lived in a place where they don’t like us or don’t trust us.” 
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