Stevens on leaving LPD: Friendship 'what I will miss the most'

Stevens on leaving LPD: Friendship 'what I will miss the most'

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Lubbock Police Chief Greg Stevens is pursuing opportunities elsewhere with 30 years of law enforcement under his belt. He has been planning his next chapter for some time, and his vision is coming together. 

"I wanted to retire in my 50s and wanted to live at the beach. We set those goals back then," Stevens said. 

The chief evaluated the department in the beginning of January when pondering his future to make sure he was leaving LPD in good shape. 

"Man power is at an all-time high, the substation plan is in full swing and it's not going to go another way," Stevens said.

He plans on returning to Lubbock quite a bit. Some of his family is here and he has a small business in the city that he plans on maintaining as well, but there are some things the chief will miss that won't be the same.

"These friendships that I have made in the police department and throughout the country, those things will last. They have had such an impact on my life and those things are the ones that I will miss the most," Stevens said. 

Stevens said the chief job in Rockport is ideal. 

"It's perfect. It's a much smaller agency and they don't have the 50-70 hour work weeks that I've had here."

After all of his years serving the community, Stevens is prepared to take the next step. 

"I don't mind telling you that it's scary. When you've been somewhere for 27 years you get a little bit of anxiety. You really do. However, since I have pulled the trigger on it. It doesn't feel wrong." 

Chief Stevens' last day at LPD is May 31 and he's keeping his work options open for Rockport. 

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