City hosts reception for 3 police chief finalists, public invited to attend

City hosts reception for 3 police chief finalists, public invited to attend
Lubbock Police Chief Finalists Announcement (Source: City of Lubbock)

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - The City of Lubbock will host a community reception as a way to interact with the three men who are finalists for the Lubbock Police Chief position.

The reception will be from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Terrace Suite of the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center at 1501 Mac Davis Ln. The three finalists — Neal Barron, Floyd Mitchell and Richard Bash — will be available to speak with community members during this time.

The police chief position opened up after former Chief Greg Stevens announced his retirement from the Lubbock Police Department in April to become the chief of police in Rockport. The three finalists picked to fill that position were announced on Monday, Sept. 16.

They are as follows:

Neal Barron has served with LPD for more than 23 years and currently serves as the assistant chief of the department’s Bureau of Operations. He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from West Texas A&M and also attended the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Barron is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Texas Police Chiefs Association.


Floyd Mitchell has more than 29 years of law enforcement experience and currently serves as the chief of police for the City of Temple, a position he’s been in since 2015. Before working in Temple he worked with the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department and rose to the rank of major.

Mitchell earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Baker University in Business Administration. He also attended the FBI National Academy and the Senior Management Institute for Police.

Mitchell is also a member of IACP and the TPCA.


Richard Bash also has more than 29 years of law enforcement experience and currently serves as the deputy chief with the Columbus, Ohio Division of Police.

Bash earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Ohio Dominican University and his master’s degree in management from Mt. Vernon Nazarene University. He also attended the FBI National Academy and the Senior Management Institute for Police.

Bash is also a member of the IACP and the Police Executive Research Forum.

Along with the community reception all three will has a final interview with city leaders on Thursday, Sept. 26.

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