One day after Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge turned down the Amarillo Police Chief job,  the City Of Amarillo announced that thirty year veteran of the APD Martin Birkenfeld was chosen for the position.


“The Amarillo Police Department has been my career for 30 years. I consider it an honor and a privilege to lead the Amarillo Police Department, which has a standard of excellence and commitment to the community that I look forward to maintaining and improving,” said Birkenfeld.

In a city press release released says that Birkenfeld has a Master Peace Officer license and was accepted into the Center for Homeland Defense and Security Naval Postgraduate School, where he is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Security Studies.

“Chief Birkenfeld possesses the skills, qualifications and experience necessary to lead the Amarillo Police Department,” said City Manager Jared Miller. “His career with the APD has been exceptional, and we look forward to his leadership in the department and in the community.”

Chief Birkenfeld replaces Ed Drain who left the Amarillo Police Department for the Police Chief job in Plano last February.

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