LPD names interim police chief in wake of Mitchell’s resignation

Published: Sep. 20, 2023 at 3:54 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 20, 2023 at 10:50 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - As the search for a new Lubbock Chief of Police begins, the city has named an interim police chief.

City Manager Jarrett Atkinson has named Gregory Rushin as interim chief for LPD.

Rushin is a retired police chief from the Plano Police Department. He has stepped in to fill the role until a new chief is named.

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Former Police Chief Floyd Mitchell’s resignation was formally announced on Sept. 12. He had been with the department since 2019.

The announcement came after concerns were raised about LPD’s 911 dispatch center. In 2022, more than 30 thousand 911 calls in Lubbock were not answered. During this period, the department had nine dispatchers on each shift. However, Mitchell lowered the staffing to seven, citing staffing and budget issues. In July of this year, the minimum staffing was raised to eight.

The City of Lubbock released the following statement on the interim chief:

The City of Lubbock is pleased to announce the appointment of former City of Plano Police Chief Gregory Rushin as Interim Chief of the Lubbock Police Department.

Rushin will begin his service as Interim Chief at close of business on September 22, and City Manager Jarrett Atkinson will present Rushin’s appointment to the Lubbock City Council for confirmation on September 26, 2023.

Gregory Rushin has more than 40 years of experience in law enforcement. He served in the Plano Police Department for 35 years, including 18 as Plano Police Chief. In addition, he spent four years as an agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and also served as a Deputy Sheriff and Sergeant in Illinois. Rushin retired from the City of Plano as Deputy City Manager in 2021. He holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees, is a Certified Public Manager, a past President of the Texas Police Chiefs Association and is a licensed Texas Master Police Officer.

“I am pleased to have Gregory Rushin serve as our Interim Police Chief,” said City Manager Jarrett Atkinson. “His tremendous experience and proven track record will guide the Lubbock Police Department as we continue to move forward and honor our commitment to public safety.”

Rushin’s appointment comes after Police Chief Floyd Mitchell announced his resignation effective September 22, 2023.