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Greg Stevens to be appointed new Lubbock Police Chief

Published: Aug. 21, 2015 at 7:37 PM CDT|Updated: Feb. 19, 2016 at 8:40 PM CST
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The City of Lubbock confirmed late Friday afternoon that Lubbock City Manager James Loomis will appoint Assistant Chief Greg Stevens as Lubbock Police Chief on Monday.

Mayor Glen Robertson confirmed to KCBD that he had received notice from the City Manager that a decision has been made however he would neither confirm nor deny the choice of Stevens. Stevens could not be reached for comment.

The Lubbock City Council must approve the appointment. Next Thursday's Lubbock City Council agenda contains an item "Consider a resolution approving and confirming the City Manager's appointment of a Police Chief for the City of Lubbock."

KCBD reported yesterday that Assistant Chief Stevens is one of three finalists for the Chief of Police position in Wichita, Kansas. The mid-western city has a population of more than 386,000.

Stevens has served as Assistant Chief since 2014. He will take the helm of a department consisting of 477 officers and 150 civilians with 99 positions open.

He has been with the Lubbock Police Department for 22 years. He has served in Patrol, Internal Affairs, Special Operations, Administration, Narcotics, Vice and Gang Intelligence, Police Academy and Investigations.

Stevens has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Wayland Baptist University and a Master of Business Administration from Texas Tech University. He also graduated from the F.B.I.'s National Academy and the Law Enforcement Institute of Texas.

Apart from his service as a Lubbock policeman, Stevens also served in the United States Air Force and is a retired Navy officer. As a naval officer he served as a Navy Intelligence Officer.

Stevens takes over at a department that has been plagued with controversy over the handling of the Mark Ysasaga murder investigation and questions of excessive force and excessive speed in the Juan Carlos Escarcega arrest last month.

In June Lubbock Police Chief Roger Ellis was demoted to the position of Captain and Assistant Chief Jerry Brewer was appointed Interim Chief. Ellis retired shortly thereafter.

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