LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Chief Greg Stevens has announced he will retire as the head of the Lubbock Police Department to take a similar position along the Texas coast.
Stevens was named sole finalist as chief of police for Rockport, located 25 miles northeast of Corpus Christi in the Aransas Bay along the Gulf of Mexico
It was getting to the point where I was no longer enjoying the aspects of law enforcement that had drawn me in the first place – community engagement, hands-on involvement and camaraderie, Stevens told Corpus Christi station KRIS-TV. I could have retired from the industry completely, but I wasnt ready to settle down or tackle a new industry.
Chief Stevens told KCBD NewsChannel 11 he had already planned to retire in May. On Tuesday afternoon Lubbock City Manager Jarrett Atkinson confirmed his retirement will be effective May 31.
The timing of the opening was uncanny as my wife and I had always planned to retire to the Texas Coastal Bend area. Now, Ill be able to continue what I love doing in a place Ive always wanted to be.
Atkinson praised Stevens in a release announcing the retirement. Greg is a tremendous Chief and public servant and I appreciate his service to our community.
Atkinson said the city will begin a search for a new chief next week, and will name an interim chief, if required, by May 31.
Stevens joined the Lubbock Police Department in 1992 and worked his way up through the ranks before taking on the role of chief in August of 2015.
Stevens served as Assistant Chief from 2014 to 2015. During his 27-year tenure with the department he served in the Patrol, Internal Affairs, Special Operations, Administration, Narcotics, Vice and Gang Intelligence, Police Academy and Investigations divisions.
Stevens holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Wayland Baptist University and a Masters of Business Administration from Texas Tech University. He also graduated from the FBIs National Academy and the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas.
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 took over at a department that was 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 in July 2015.