The International Association of Chiefs of Police recently announced the recipients of the 4th annual 40 Under 40 award program. Mesquite Police Chief MaQuade Chesley was chosen as one the awardees of this prestigious program.

The IACP 40 Under 40 award program is designed to recognize individuals in law enforcement under the age of 40 who demonstrate leadership and commitment to the profession. The award program is a chance for law enforcement agencies around the world to recognize the rising leaders within their field who possess the leadership skills and dedication that is essential to lead law enforcement now and in the future.

The awardees hail from seven countries—the United States, Canada, Colombia, the United Arab Emirates, Spain, India, and the Solomon Islands. The Mesquite Police Department is honored to have our Chief’s devotion to law enforcement, our department, and the City of Mesquite recognized on an international level.

A great example of leadership and excellence since beginning his law enforcement career in 2005, Chief Chesley is the youngest Chief of Police in department history. He has succeeded in each position he has held—including patrol, SWAT, PIO, sergeant, lieutenant, and captain—which he credits to his drive to effect positive change.

“Throughout my career in law enforcement, I have always looked at what I can change about myself to be the best police officer and leader I can be.” Chief Chesley continued, “This personal reflection also guides me to look for opportunities to make changes that will improve the lives of our police employees and our police department. I am humbled to receive this award, and appreciate my many mentors, leaders in my life, and mostly the men and women of the Mesquite Police Department. These are the people that deserve recognition for the incredibly selfless work they do.”

The IACP’s website will be recognizing Chief Chesley, and he will be featured in the September 2019 issue of Police Chief Magazine. Chief Chesley will also be honored at a banquet during the IACP annual conference in Chicago.