Little Rock, Ark. ( Associated Press) — Little Rock’s police chief is retiring this month, after a rocky three years in Arkansas’ capital police force that has been marked by lawsuits and public clashes with officers.
Mayor Frank Scott announced Monday that Chief Keith Humphrey had submitted a letter stating his intention to retire, effective May 20. Scott said a national search would be conducted to replace Humphrey and that assistant chief Crystal Young-Haskin would serve as interim chief from May 21.
“Chief Humphrey brought meaningful reform to our police department and a renewed focus on community policing during his tenure as chief,” Scott said in a statement. “He remained faithful to his officers and to this city in the midst of adversity and challenging times.”
Humphrey, who was hired In April 2019, Little Rock clashed with the Fraternal Order of Police and they were prosecuted by several current and former officers over promotion, disciplinary matters and other issues.
A federal judge sacked in September Humphrey’s lawsuit against the local police union and several current and former officers who accused him of plotting to fire him.
The public fight centered around Humphrey’s response to the fatal shooting. A black motorist by a white police officer in 2019.
Humphrey’s retirement also comes months after he was briefly placed on paid leave after the shooting. A woman who allegedly shot another woman on New Year’s Eve. Humphrey did not kill the woman.
Humphrey previously served as police chief in Norman, Oklahoma and Lancaster, Texas.