Scesney came to Texas in 1998 after serving his country in the United States Marine Corps as a Military Police Officer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia College and is scheduled to graduate in May 2020 with a Master of Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Texas Christian University (TCU). His career with the Grand Prairie Police Department began in 2001 during which time he has served in a variety of capacities including Patrol Officer, Directed Patrol Unit, SWAT Team Leader, Narcotics, Property Crimes, Domestic Crimes, Major Crimes (Including adult and child homicide investigations), Patrol Supervisor, and has commanded both the Special Operations and Investigative Services Bureaus as the Assistant Chief of Police. Scesney is a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Senior Management Institute for Police; Texas Christian University’s Leadership, Executive, and Administrative Development (LEAD) Program; Federal Bureau of Investigation-LEEDA Executive Leadership Institute; and the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration- School of Police Supervision. He holds his Master Peace Officer Certification and is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Texas Police Chiefs Association and the North Texas Police Chiefs Association. Chief Scesney is also an assessor for the Texas Police Chiefs Association’s Best Practices Recognition Program, which recognizes Texas law enforcement agencies for compliance with 166 key law enforcement principles and practices. Scesney is committed to safeguarding children and proudly serves on the Board of Directors for Children First Counseling Center as well as the Child Advocacy Center of Texas Statewide Multi-disciplinary Team, both of which aim to make children whole again after abuse. He also teaches Ethics to all Grand Prairie Police recruits prior to their service to the community.
Scesney has a career-long record of excellence including being the Honor Graduate from his Military Police Academy (Class 14-94), twice meritoriously promoted in the United States Marine Corps, Class President of the Basic Course in Applied Police Science (2001), Rookie of the Year (2003), Patrol Officer of the Year (2006), and Detective of the Year on three occasions (2010, 2013, 2015). He was also the recipient of the 2018 City of Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce Public Service Award, and the Distinguished Leadership Award from Texas Christian University in 2019.
Scesney has two children and in his spare time enjoys coaching his daughter’s softball team, teaching his son to drive, and riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.