The Lubbock Police Department and Lubbock Fire Rescue released statements on Tuesday concerning the retirement of the police and fire chiefs.
Below is the statement from LPD:
After 27 years of service to the Lubbock community and 25 years in the U.S. Military, Lubbock Police Chief Gregory Stevens is set to retire from the Lubbock Police Department in May. As part of a life-long goal and years of planning, Stevens and his family will retire to the Texas gulf coast region this year.
While planning his retirement, Stevens was presented with an opportunity. He has now been selected as the sole finalist for the Chief of Police position in Rockport, Texas, a small tourist and retirement community. If chosen and he accepts, Stevens will begin working at the Rockport Police Department in June.
“Years ago, my wife and I set a long term goal of sometime retiring to the Texas coast, and we’ve planned for that goal financially and career wise,” said Stevens. “This opportunity has come along for me to accelerate our goal to relocate to the coast and to continue working in law enforcement in an ideal retirement capacity.”
Stevens joined the Lubbock Police Department in 1992 after returning home to Amarillo from active duty service as a military police officer. Throughout his time at LPD, Stevens has served in nearly every role of police work including patrol, special operations, investigations, public information and administration.
During his four years as Chief of Police, Stevens has been instrumental in increasing manpower, securing the plans for new substations and creating specialized units to tackle major issues such as mental health, homelessness and violent crimes. He has also served on numerous boards and committees for various community organizations.
“The last few years of my life have been some of the most rewarding. I can’t say enough how much I appreciate the hard work and dedication of each of LPD’s officers,” he said. “I owe a great deal of what I have and what I have become to LPD and the people of Lubbock, but the time has come to start a new chapter in my life.”
Stevens will retire with an official combined total of 31 years of law enforcement service through the military and LPD.
Here is the statement that was released by LFR:
Fire Chief Lance Phelps has turned in his intent to retire effective April 26th. Chief Phelps joined Lubbock Fire Rescue January 5th 1987 and has served the citizens of Lubbock faithfully for 32+ years. After promoting through the ranks Lance was named Chief of Lubbock Fire Rescue in October of 2015 and became the 9th Fire Chief of the department.
Under his direction Lubbock Fire Rescue constructed a multi-function Emergency Operations Center and a new Fire Station 1. Lubbock Fire Rescue was awarded the coveted ISO Class 1 certification during his tenure as Chief. He was instrumental in the creation of Priority Dispatch, Emergency Medical System Advisory Committee, Tactical Paramedic Program, Community Paramedics, modernization of the LFR fleet to include placement of Quints, and dedication to improving Firefighter health and safety.
Lubbock Fire Rescue will host a retirement party for Chief Phelps Friday April 26th from 3pm to 5 pm at the Lubbock Professional Firefighters Association Hall located at 8517 Urbana Ave.
Please join Lubbock Fire Rescue in wishing Chief Phelps the best in his upcoming retirement.
Mayor Dan Pope and City Manager Jarrett Atkinson held a press conference Tuesday to announce Stevens and Phelps’ retirements.
Both men said the search for their replacements is underway.