SIMONTON (Covering Katy News) - Retired Fort Bend County K9 Rudy is now an honorary police chief of the City of Simonton. The proclamation was presented at Tuesday night's city council meeting.

Simonton does not have a police department. It is served by the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office. Rudy became a member of the sheriff's office in August 2014 and retired Oct. 30, 2019, due to health problems. He was adopted by his sheriff's office handler, Deputy Tully Mangum, who lives in Simonton.

"It was a perfect fit to name Simonton resident K9 Rudy their chief," said a statement from the sheriff's office. "We congratulate chief K9 Rudy on his new title and wish him well in his retirement."

According to the city's proclamation, Rudy assisted in and was responsible for numerous arrests, building searches, non-consent narcotics sniffs of vehicles, and he also tracked dozens of fleeing suspects during his tenure with the sheriff's office.

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