A shakeup at the top of Lubbock Police Department. Police Chief Roger Ellis was demoted to Captain by City Manager James Loomis a day after two assistant chiefs switched duties.
As to what's behind Ellis' demotion a three-sentence news release notes only that Loomis' action is, "In accordance with civil service laws" and "The City Manager will not be releasing any other statements at this time on the decision." There were no comments from City Council members we contacted including the mayor who says he is quote, "Absolutely clueless about how or exactly why," end quote.
Assistant Chief Jerry Brewer will serve as acting chief until a search for a new chief can be completed. On Thursday Brewer who was in charge of the patrol division switched duties with Assistant Chief James Shavers who was in charge of detectives.
"So right now, we do not know exactly when that search will happen or how long it will take, but the search will be done," Jeff McKito city spokesman said. "Once the search is completed, the city manager will make an appointment; that appointment will then go to city council to be ratified."
Ellis had been Lubbock Police Chief since February 2011. Numerous officers and attorneys who requested anonymity tell us the chief is being punished either for a department of justice investigation into LPD's hiring practices of Hispanic and female officers and or circumstances surrounding the payment of $10,000 in reward money to the tipster who led police to the remains of murder victim Mark Ysasaga. There is also speculation that records regarding the tipster may have been purged.