Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott, Jr. announced Monday afternoon that Little Rock Police Chief Keith Humphrey submitted a letter stating his intention to retire from law enforcement. Humphrey’s last day as LRPD chief will be Friday, May 20, 2022.
Assistant Chief Crystal Young-Haskins will serve as interim chief beginning May 21 until further notice.
“Violent crime has increased in cities across the country in the past months, and I appreciate Chief Humphrey as an effective, innovative leader who has worked hard to develop community relationships and reduce crime in Little Rock,” Mayor Scott said. “Our next police chief will be expected to build on those efforts, while recognizing the immediate need to make our streets safer for residents. At the same time, the new chief will be an integral part of our holistic and collaborative approach to reducing violence.”
Humphrey became Little Rock’s 38th police chief in April 2019. Previously, he was police chief in Norman, Oklahoma, for eight years. He started his law enforcement career with the Fort Worth Police Department in 1988.
Mayor Scott will launch a national search for Humphrey’s replacement in the coming days.