Newsmakers: Fort Worth Deputy Chief of Police Julie Swearingin promoted to Deputy Chief

Fort Worth Deputy Chief of Police Julie Swearingin – photo - has been promoted to assistant chief by Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald.


Bruce Adams has joined Kasper & Associates, a North and Central Texas merger and acquisition firm based in Fort Worth, as senior associate.

Adams has been a business development specialist since 1982. He has worked in the digital marketing, technology and apparel manufacturing industries and has recently focused on merger and acquisition activities in the transportation and logistics field. Adams is active in the Arlington community and has served with various civic and religious organizations. He received his bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University.

Troy Jackson has joined the board of directors of Trinity Bank N.A. He is president of Jackson Construction LTD, a Fort Worth-based utility construction company founded by his parents. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Texas Christian University in 1989.

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Elevate Credit Inc. has promoted Kathleen Vanderkolk to chief risk officer.


Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Jay Graham of Houston, Mike Hernandez of Fort Worth, and Michael J. Plank of Houston to the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents for terms set to expire on Feb. 1, 2025.

Hernandez is owner and CEO of D&M Leasing, and owner and dealer principal of Four Stars Ford, Four Stars Chevrolet Buick, Four Stars Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, and Four Stars Toyota. He is a member of National Automobile Dealers Association and the Texas Automobile Dealers Association. He is a member of the Advisory Committee to Chancellor John Sharp for the McAllen campus of Texas A&M University and the Advisory Committee to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on workforce training. He is founder and president of the Hernandez Foundation and a member of the Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate. He has served on the boards of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation of Fort Worth, The Family Shelter of Arlington and the River Legacy Foundation of Arlington and founded the Brownsville Scholars Program. Hernandez received a bachelor’s degree in industrial distribution from Texas A&M University.

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Graham is chairman and CEO of Spur Energy Partners. Plank is chairman and CEO of The Plank Companies Inc. and three affiliated companies — National Property Holdings, Rail Logix and Speed Shore Corp.


Fort Worth Deputy Chief of Police Julie Swearingin has been promoted to assistant chief by Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald.

“During my time as chief, Assistant Chief Swearingin demonstrated a consistent record of dedication and service to the city and has been a valuable part of the FWPD management team,” Fitzgerald said.

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Swearingin will be assigned to the Finance and Administrative Bureau with responsibility for operational command and administrative support command.

Assistant Chief Charlie Ramirez will assume responsibility for the Support Bureau, which includes tactical command as well as investigative and support command.


The Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced that the Kimbell Art Museum is among 30 finalists for the 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Service for its innovative approach to providing an inclusive museum experience. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to their communities.

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