He retired a little more than a year ago as the assistant chief of police for the Lubbock Police Department. Now, Thomas Esparza will don a new badge.
The Littlefield City Council voted unanimously Monday to appoint Esparza as the chief of police. He's been the interim police chief since mid-February.
Esparza worked for the Lubbock Police Department for more than 30 years, serving in the patrol division, internal affairs, and the police academy.