The officer who stepped up to serve as interim chief of the Little Rock Police after former Chief Keith Humphrey’s retirement on May 20 is already on her way out the door.

A press release from the Little Rock Police Department Monday said interim Chief Crystal Young-Haskins is leaving to pursue an opportunity outside of Arkansas. Young-Haskins will leave at the end of the week. She stepped in upon Humphrey’s retirement after his bumpy three years at the helm of a department that grappled with internal divisions and criticisms over rising crime rates.


It is with great sadness that the Little Rock Police Department announces that Friday, June 17, 2022 will officially be the last day for Interim Chief Crystal Young-Haskins. Chief Haskins is leaving to pursue a career opportunity outside of the state of Arkansas. The Little Rock Police Department and the citizens of Little Rock are grateful for her 16 years of service.

We wish her all the best as she embarks on this next chapter in her life.

That was fast. Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. said Assistant Chief Wayne Bewley is up next. He sent this release:

“Interim Chief Young-Haskins is an exemplary law enforcement officer who has served the City of Little Rock with dignity, honor and professionalism for more than 16 years. She has a national reputation for excellence, and I am grateful for her leadership and willingness to take on the position of interim chief during this transition. I wish her the very best as she pursues new and challenging career opportunities.


“The nationwide search for a police chief is continuing. Effective Saturday, June 18, Assistant Chief Wayne Bewley will serve as interim chief.”