City council approval is all that's needed to officially fill the Lubbock Police Chief position.
Friday morning city manager Lee Ann Dumbauld publicly recommended Assistant Police Chief Dale Holton for the job.
In a statement to NewsChannel 11 earlier this week, Dumbauld said, "As a 33 year veteran of the Lubbock Police Department, Dale Holton is uniquely qualified to serve as the next Chief of Police. A national search would not result in finding a more qualified candidate."
Upon thumbs up from the Lubbock City Manger, Assistant Police Chief Dale Holton is planning how to continue keeping you safe.
"We need to do our part to sustain the significant and continued reduction in the crime rate and we do that through continuing good police work both at the patrol level and at the investigations level," said Holton.
In the past two years under Chief Claude Jones's watch, crimes like murder, rape and robbery dropped 10.9%. To continue that, Holton says the department needs to keep arresting criminals and take a proactive stance against crime. He also says he wants officers to have a closer tab on the problem areas of the city.
The decision of who becomes the Lubbock Police Chief actually comes from City Hall about five blocks away from the Lubbock Police Department. The city manager makes and appointment and then typically City Council gives approval.
"I had Thomas Esparza and Dale Holton over to the office over lunch and I said OK gentleman who wants to be chief," Dumbauld said.
Between the two assistant police chiefs, Holton was deemed the best candidate for the job. Holton says the job could mean lobbying the city council for more money to keep the Hub City safe.
"I don't have a specific amount in mind. Whatever would keep us competitive with larger agencies," Holton explained.
Holton is expected to make $150,000 annually. Retiring Police Chief Claude Jones currently makes more than $131,000.
City Council is expected to vote on Dumbauld's recommendation February 14.
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