Council to tackle many issues Thursday

Council to tackle many issues Thursday

A vote confirming the appointment of the interim police chief is on the City Council meeting agenda set for Thursday. 

City Manager James Loomis named Assistant Chief Jerry Brewer as acting police chief and demoted Chief Roger Ellis to Captain June 26. So far there's been no official explanation. Ellis has since retired from the force. 

Before they vote, members will discuss the city manager's duties and actions related to LPD in executive session. During that closed door session, council members will also discuss the police department's probationary officer selection procedure and practice. The U.S. Justice Department informed the city on June 22 an investigation found what it calls 'disparities' in passing rates for Hispanics and women on a written exam and physical fitness test.

Council will also discuss an agenda item that was postponed at its last meeting. Members are set to consider a proposal for a privately funded golf driving range on city-owned land in southwest Lubbock. A group of investors are interested in leasing part of McCallister park for a combined upscale driving range, golf academy, restaurant and bar. The proposed lease is 20 years at $100,000 per year with a one-percent annual increase. It would be located to the east of the Western Little League baseball fields.

During its afternoon work session, council will get an update from an architectural firm on estimates and plans for renovating two city-owned buildings. The long-vacant Omni building now known as Citizens Tower would potentially become the new city hall. In addition, a number of city offices currently housed in leased space throughout town would relocate to the high-rise. Council is also looking at converting the current city hall into a new police headquarters to replace the old police department building at 916 Texas.

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