FOX34 has obtained the demotion memo City Manager James Loomis sent to former Lubbock Police Chief Roger Ellis last month.

There has been no official explanation so far as to why Loomis demoted Ellis to the rank of captain. A news release on June 26 stated only that action was taken in accordance with civil service laws.

In his memo to Ellis that same day, Loomis only cites "recent events" for his reason to believe, "A new direction of leadership is required for the LPD."

Numerous officers and attorneys who requested anonymity tell us Ellis was punished for one of two reasons: a Department of Justice investigation into LPD's hiring process related to Hispanic and female probationary officers and/or circumstances surrounding the payment of $10,000 in reward money to the tipster who led police to the remains of murder victim Mark Ysasaga.

Ellis has since retired from the force.