Roswell Police Department Chief Alfonso Solis confirmed, Friday, that Deputy Police Chief Jody L. Scifres will be leaving the department in mid-July.
â€œHe will be missed. Heâ€™s a good officer. Heâ€™s good in command, and heâ€™s been a valuable officer for me,â€ Solis said. â€œIâ€™m happy for him. His shoes will be hard to fill.â€
Scifres accepted a new post as police chief for Lubbock, Texas, Independent School District. The Lubbock School Board voted to hire Scifres based on the recommendation of the school administration, Thursday. According to Scifres, everything happened quickly.
He was interviewed on Monday, offered the job on Wednesday and confirmed by the school board the following day. â€œThe school district in Lubbock has their own police department, and I will be chief of that,â€ Scifres said.
He will report to the superintendent. His priority will be the safety of the students.
â€œIâ€™m pretty excited. Iâ€™ve been with the department for 20 years. Itâ€™s time to start something new,â€ Scifres said. Scifres will be replacing the former LISD Police Chief Mark Hinshaw, who resigned March 11.
The former LISD had been on administrative leave following a Feb. 16 disturbance with an ex-girlfriend in which he refused to leave a local business where she was employed. Scifres said, â€œThe main objective is to get the schools as safe as possible and make the environment as safe as possible for the children so they can learn and be productive.”