LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock Police Chief Greg Stevens announced his retirement from the city last week. On Tuesday he spoke with KCBD about his quarter-century serving the citizens of Lubbock.
“I say I’m going to miss the most, and I will miss seeing these folks, people that I’ve known over two and a half decades,” said Stevens, “I’ll miss the day to day contact, but it’s a strong bond preserver throughout life. Throughout the rest of my life.”
Chief Stevens says he’s looking forward to sharing his stories with others. “One of my favorite things to do is to sit around and listen to retired guys. My dad is a retired police man. I love to listen to his friends tell stories. They’re hilarious. They’re probably embellished. I look forward and telling stories that I’ve got and over the years make them funnier and funnier for young troops.”
Stevens adds he can’t wait to get back to his hobbies. “I do look forward to scuba diving again. I look forward to motorcycle riding. To fishing and to golf.”
The next chief of police has some big shoes to fill. Stevens shared some advice for his replacement. “As long as you’re transparent about it. As long as you’re doing- you can clearly be seen as doing what’s best for agency. What’s best for the group at large. it’s going to work out, it’s going to be fine.”
Stevens has a message for the citizens of Lubbock worried about what will happen next. “It’s very humbling for me because none of what we’re doing is the result of one person. None of it is just me. We have a great team in place. We have awesome commanders, awesome supervisors and the most important, we have the very best men and women patrolling the streets of Lubbock, Texas.”
Stevens’ last day as chief of police will be May 31. He has been offered a job as chief in Rockport, but has not accepted the position yet.