Clovis City Manager Mr. Justin Howalt announced Thursday that Clovis Deputy Chief Roy Rice will serve as Interim Police Chief following Chief Douglas “Doug” Ford’s retirement from the Clovis Police Department on December 31, 2021. Chief Ford has served as Clovis Police Chief since March 2016.
Deputy Chief Rice has served as Clovis’ Deputy Chief since February 2021. He has more than thirty years of experience in law enforcement and served as Chief of Police for the Muleshoe Police Department prior to joining the City of Clovis. Deputy Chief Rice holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Occupational Education majoring in Human Services and specializing in Criminal Justice.
“The police chief position is open and a thorough selection process has begun,” advised Clovis City Manager Justin Howalt, Thursday. “In the interim, I am confident that Deputy Chief Rice will do an outstanding job in leading the department.”
Back in November, Chief Ford announced his retirement from Clovis Police Department. In a portion of the letter written to Police Personnel, Chief Ford writes:
“This decision was not an easy one, and comes after lots of discussion with my wife, along with the desire to be able to enjoy retirement while we are still physically capable.”
City Manager Justin Howalt said city staff plans to do a position review and put together a job posting following the holiday week.
“He was very dedicated to the city of Clovis and the citizens,” Howalt said of Ford. “He’s had a great career with the city. Him and his wife definitely deserve retirement.”
When asked about filling the position, Howalt continued saying, “It’s something we want to take our time with… obviously, it’s an important position for the city and the citizens of Clovis. We want to make sure we have the right person in place.”