By James Clark - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Lubbock Police Chief Dale Holton announced his retirement Friday morning. He served as Chief for three years, with a total of 37 years of service to the department, including time as Assistant Chief of patrol and administration and SWAT commander. His retirement is effective February 28th.
The City Manager has chosen Assistant Chief Roger Ellis to replace Holton, a move that requires City Council ratification which is expected on February 24th.
"I have valued my time with the Lubbock Police Department but look forward to being with my wife, daughter and grandchildren," Holton said in a written statement.
"It has been my great honor to be Chief for the men and women of the Lubbock Police Department. I have always been, and will remain, so very proud of them and the great work they do everyday."
Holton originally planned to retire back in 2008, but City Manager Lee Ann Dumbauld asked him to stay on after the retirement of then-Chief Claude Jones.
"Not only is he a great leader, but also a wonderful person. He will be missed," said City Manager Lee Ann Dumbauld in a written statement.
That same written statement says Holton's replacement, "is a 27 year veteran of the Lubbock Police Department, having served in Patrol, Persons Crimes, the Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force, Internal Affairs and two assignments in the Training Section."
"Chief Holton has done an excellent job serving … with the integrity and character that our police department, our city government, and our community can be proud of," Ellis said.
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