Lubbock Police Chief Claude Jones is retiring, effective February 15.
A 33-year veteran of the Lubbock Police Department, Jones was named Police Chief in July 2002, after serving as interim for one year.
The Police Department has grown under Jones' leadership. Since 2002, more than 100 officers have been added to the department's ranks, as the City strives to reach its goal of two police officers for every 1,000 residents.
Police pay also increased, and a differential pay program was initiated to pay officers working the midnight shifts more than those working the day shift.
In 2004, the Codes Enforcement Department was moved under the auspices of the Police Department in response to citizens' calls for stronger enforcement. The move led to an increased emphasis on enforcement of city ordinances related to weeds, debris and junk vehicles.
Overall part one crime, which includes murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, theft, auto theft and arson, has declined by 10.9 percent during the last two years. Chief Jones attributes this to the good work of the men and women of the Lubbock police department.
"Chief Jones served the citizens of Lubbock admirably for more than three decades," said City Manager Lee Ann Dumbauld. "His leadership will be missed."
Dumbauld will recommend the appointment of Assistant Police Chief Dale Holton as Police Chief at the February 14 City Council meeting.
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