Former Lubbock Police Chief Ken Walker is back in the news. According to the Galveston Daily News, Walker is one of ten finalists for the job of Police Chief in that city. Most recently Walker has been Chief in West University Place near Houston.
Walker resigned under pressure as part of a settlement with the City of Lubbock in the aftermath of a police shooting that had gone terribly wrong. A fellow officer accidentally shot and killed Sergeant Kevin Cox during a SWAT standoff in West Lubbock back in 2001. Then City Manager Bob Cass announced his intention to fire Walker after placing the Chief on administrative leave.
Some defended Walker at the time, saying it wasn't his fault because he was out of town and not directly supervising the SWAT team on an emergency call.
In 2003, Walker spoke to KCBD NewsChannel 11 after learning he had been chosen for the job in West University Place.
He said, "I'm really going to miss the people in Lubbock, they've been great to me and my family. I've really missed the guys at the police department, great bunch of people."
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