Office of the Chief of Police

Chief Steve Rhodes
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Steve Rhodes

Chief S. Rhodes has over 30 years of experience in law enforcement including more than 20 years as Police Chief. He began his career with the University of Texas at Arlington Police Department in 1982 and joined the Cedar Hill Police Department in 1985. After rising to the rank of Lieutenant, he was appointed Chief of Police in October 1995. During his career, he has been involved in nearly all aspects of police service including patrol, criminal investigations, community services, professional standards and traffic operations.

Chief Rhodes holds a Permanent Peace Officers License for the State of Texas and a Master Peace Officers License. He is a Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education licensed instructor and a graduate of the FBI National Academy. Further, he attended the Advanced Management College at the Institute of Law Enforcement Administration. Chief Rhodes holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Arlington, attended Oxford University for Managing Cultural Differences in 1991, and obtained his Masters in Public Administration from the Dallas Baptist University.

Ph: 972.291.5181 ext. 2174


Assistant Chief Rodney Thompson
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Rodney Thompson
Assistant Chief


Assistant Chief Rodney Thompson has 30 years of Law Enforcement experience. After retiring from the Arlington Police Department in 2008, he joined the Cedar Hill Police Department. His diverse assignment history includes: patrol field operations, criminal investigations, administrative support operations ,accreditation, professional standards, geographic policing, special investigations, training management, personnel, covert operations, narcotics task forces, special retail policing, crime scene, property & evidence, community services, and school resource officer program. Assistant Chief Thompson commands the Support Operations Bureau.

Assistant Chief Thompson holds a Master Peace Officer License and Instructor License from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education. He is a graduate of the distinguished Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT).  Assistant Chief Thompson holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Southwest Texas State University.

Ph. 972.291.5181 ext. 2174

Assistant Chief Steve Lafferty

Ph. 972.291.5181 ext. 2048