Lubbock Police Chief Greg Stevens announces retirement

Stevens named sole finalist as chief in Rockport, near Corpus Christi, will leave LPD on May 31

Mayor Dan Pope news conference on retirements

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Chief Greg Stevens has announced he will retire as the head of the Lubbock Police Department to take a similar position along the Texas coast.

Stevens was named sole finalist as chief of police for Rockport, located 25 miles northeast of Corpus Christi in the Aransas Bay along the Gulf of Mexico

“It was getting to the point where I was no longer enjoying the aspects of law enforcement that had drawn me in the first place – community engagement, hands-on involvement and camaraderie,” Stevens told Corpus Christi station KRIS-TV. “I could have retired from the industry completely, but I wasn’t ready to settle down or tackle a new industry.”

Chief Stevens told KCBD NewsChannel 11 he had already planned to retire in May. On Tuesday afternoon Lubbock City Manager Jarrett Atkinson confirmed his retirement will be effective May 31.

Stevens is expected to begin working for Rockport in June.

“The timing of the opening was uncanny as my wife and I had always planned to retire to the Texas Coastal Bend area. Now, I’ll be able to continue what I love doing in a place I’ve always wanted to be.”

He said he set a long term goal of retiring to the Texas coast, and this move helped his timing. “This opportunity has come along for me to accelerate our goal to relocate to the coast and to continue working in law enforcement in an ideal retirement capacity.”

Atkinson praised Stevens in a release announcing the retirement. “Greg is a tremendous Chief and public servant and I appreciate his service to our community.”

Atkinson said the city will begin a search for a new chief next week, and will name an interim chief, if required, by May 31.

Stevens joined the Lubbock Police Department in 1992 and worked his way up through the ranks before taking on the role of chief in August of 2015.

Stevens served as Assistant Chief from 2014 to 2015. During his 27-year tenure with the department he served in the Patrol, Internal Affairs, Special Operations, Administration, Narcotics, Vice and Gang Intelligence, Police Academy and Investigations divisions.

In a release LPD said Stevens was instrumental in increasing manpower, securing the plans for new substations and creating specialized units to tackle major issues such as mental health, homelessness and violent crimes. He has also served on numerous boards and committees for various community organizations.

“The last few years of my life have been some of the most rewarding. I can’t say enough how much I appreciate the hard work and dedication of each of LPD’s officers,” he said. “I owe a great deal of what I have and what I have become to LPD and the people of Lubbock, but the time has come to start a new chapter in my life.”

Stevens holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Wayland Baptist University and a Master’s of Business Administration from Texas Tech University. He also graduated from the FBI’s National Academy and the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas.

Stevens also served in the United States Air Force and is a retired Navy officer. As a naval officer he served as a Navy Intelligence Officer. When combined with his military experience, Stevens has more than 31 years in law enforcement.

Stevens took over at a department that was plagued with controversy over the handling of the Mark Ysasaga murder investigation and questions of excessive force and excessive speed in the Juan Carlos Escarcega arrest in July 2015.

Copyright 2019 KCBD. All rights reserved.