Lubbock's City Council unanimously approved the appointment of Floyd Mitchell as the new Chief of the Lubbock Police Department during its Tuesday meeting.

"I mean, I've heard, in Temple, what a great location this is, what a great police department this is, and I will do my best to make all of you proud," Mitchell said.

Chief Mitchell has more than 29 years of law enforcement experience and is currently the Chief of Police for Temple, Texas. He completed a the city's recruitment process that saw 43 applicants viable for the position. 

He said he plans to spend the first month looking, listening and learning. He'll focus on growing the city's dedication to engaging with the citizens he protects. 

"Community policing should not be a 'buzz word.' It should be a form of policing no matter where you go; it should be ingrained in every police officer and it should be your normal way that you do business day in and day out," he said. 

He added he plans an inclusive approach, emphasizing connecting with faith-based organizations in the city. 

Chief Mitchell will begin his role as Lubbock’s 23rd Police Chief on November 11.