In addition to the announcement of Lubbock Police Chief Greg Stevens' retirement, the City of Lubbock also announced the retirement of Fire Chief Lance Phelps.

The next Lubbock Fire Rescue Chief has yet to be selected, but an announcement should be made in the next few weeks.

City Manager Jarrett Atkinson made this statement during a news conference on Tuesday:

"We have two important announcements to make this afternoon.  First, Fire Chief Lance Phelps will retire effective April 26, 2019.  Chief Phelps has been a member of Lubbock Fire Rescue (LFR) for 32 years and has served as Fire Chief since October 2015. Under Lance’s guidance, LFR achieved the coveted ISO 1 fire protection rating, a rating enjoyed by fewer than 300 cities across the nation. A new, multi-agency Emergency Operations Center was also completed under his watch that has proven itself several times over during the last year. Lance has served our City in an admirable and faithful manner, and we are all safer for his dedication and efforts.


Second, Police Chief Greg Stevens announced his retirement today, effective on May 31, 2019. Chief Stevens began his career with the Lubbock Police Department (LPD) 27 years ago and has served as Police Chief since August, 2015. Under his guidance, LPD has continued to expand the force, move to the Community Policing Model and participate in the Community Engagement Task Force. LPD is currently in the process of constructing a new Headquarters and three substations, which support Community Policing. Greg is a tremendous Chief and public servant and I appreciate his service to our community.


Please join me in congratulating both of these men for their service and wishing them well in their respective future endeavors. I extend my personal appreciation to each for their service  and friendship. "

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