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Interim chief Kraus named Chief of Police in Fort Worth

Fort Worth has a new Chief of Police.

Chief Ed Kraus, who had been interim chief following the firing of former Chief Joel Fitzgerald, accepted the position Wednesday, according to the city.

Please find Mayor Price’s statement re: Chief Kraus continuing in his current role as Chief of Police for the City of Fort Worth.

“The decision to continue the leadership of the Fort Worth Police Department under Chief Kraus is the right choice,” said Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. “I have always been impressed with Kraus’ professionalism, leadership, and rapport with the community, rank and file officers, and city management. A homegrown officer who has served Fort Worth for more than 26 years, Kraus is a well-respected leader with a servant’s heart.”

Kraus is a 26-year veteran of the Fort Worth Police Department, beginning his career in 1992, according to the Fort Worth Police Department website.

He has served as an officer, detective and sergeant in several units within the Patrol Bureau. His command experience includes assignments as a Neighborhood Policing District Lieutenant, a Patrol Division Captain, and commander of the Training Division. He has served in executive roles of Deputy Chief over the Investigative and Support Command, Assistant Chief over the Support Bureau, and Executive Assistant Chief over the Patrol Bureau. Kraus earned his Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Texas Tech University and his Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Tarleton State University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the FBI National Executive Institute, and the Caruth Police Institute’s Leadership Course.

Former Chief Fitzgerald had tried to prevent the city from hiring a new chief, but in late November District Court Judge Gena Slaughter said she could not find irreparable harm to Fitzgerald by allowing the city to hire a new permanent police chief.

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