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Former police chief Roger Ellis retires from LPD

Published: Jul. 1, 2015 at 9:36 PM CDT|Updated: Dec. 30, 2015 at 10:36 PM CST
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Acting Chief Brewer confirms that former Lubbock Police Chief Roger Ellis retired from LPD on Wednesday.

Ellis was demoted to Captain on June 26, under the authority of City Manager James Loomis, "in accordance with civil service laws."

Assistant Chief Jerry Brewer took on the title of Acting Chief.

The demotion came just days after a letter about a civil rights investigation was received from the U.S. Department of Justice and after Assistant Chief of Police James Shavers was moved from detective division to patrol.

As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, Shavers is still an assistant chief. Police sources had no comment on the possibility of an investigation.

Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson gave us this statement immediately following the demotion:

"This isn't the first time we've had a major shakeup at the top in a city department. The last time it happened proved to be a very good move. Look at LP&L today compared to a year ago. Great things happened because changes were made and I just hope we can see the same result here."

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