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Retiring Lubbock police chief chosen as sole finalist for police chief of Rockport

Posted at 10:39 AM, Apr 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-16 11:39:07-04

Rockport city leaders have selected Gregory Stevens as their sole finalist for the position as Chief of Police.

Stevens has more than 30 years of combined experience in civilian and military law enforcement. He will soon be retiring from his position as Chief of Police for the City of Lubbock, Texas, where he leads a department consisting of 585 employees.

“This would be a major coup for Rockport,” Rockport city manager Kevin Carruth said.  “Greg was hands-down the best candidate for the job and his knowledge and experience will prove a great benefit to the City and its residents.”

Rockport received more than 60 applications for the position.

Stevens’ decision to make the move from a major city to a smaller community wasn’t made lightly.

“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 said.  “I could have retired from the industry completely, but I wasn’t ready to settle down or tackle a new industry.

“The timing of the opening was uncanny as my wife and I had always planned to retire to the Texas Coastal Bend area. Now, I’ll be able to continue what I love doing in a place I’ve always wanted to be.”