Temple: Police chief set to move to Lubbock

The City of Lubbock announced the selection of Floyd Mitchell to serve as the next Chief of the Lubbock Police Department. Mitchell is currently the police chief in Temple. (File)

The City of Lubbock Friday announced that it has hired Temple Police Chief Floyd Mitchell to serve as the city's next police chief.

"We are greatly honored to bring Chief Mitchell to Lubbock," said Lubbock City Manager Jarrett Atkinson in a news release.

"His experience, his sincere desire to be in Lubbock and the opportunity to incorporate his community policing skills into our city played strongly into his selection."

"I look forward to working with each member of the department, and the citizens of Lubbock in continuing its great tradition of public safety and community engagement," said Mitchell.

The City of Temple issued a brief statement late Friday afternoon.

“We sincerely appreciate Police Chief Mitchell’s years of service to the City of Temple, and we wish him well in his future endeavors. The search for a new police chief will begin as soon as possible," the city said.

Mitchell was one of three finalists for the position in Lubbock.

Richard Bash, the chief of staff of the Columbus, Ohio Division of Police and Lubbock Assistant police Chief Neal Barron were also under consideration.

Mitchell has served as Temple's police chief since 2015 after spending more than 25 years with the Kansas City, Mo. Police Department.

He issued a statement expressing gratitude to city employees and thanking the city council and residents for their trust and support.

“I have had the opportunity to meet hundreds, if not thousands of people and formed numerous personal and professional relationships that I will cherish and truly miss,” he said.

The Lubbock City Council will vote to confirm Mitchell's appointment during its regularly scheduled meeting on October 22, 2019.

Mitchell expects to join the Lubbock Police Department on Nov. 11, the City of Lubbock said.