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Ed Kraus to retire as Fort Worth police chief

Posted July 27, 2020

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Chief Ed Kraus

Chief Ed Kraus, a 28-year veteran of the Fort Worth Police Department, announced his retirement Monday. Kraus had been appointed chief in December 2019.

“Throughout his tenure, Chief Kraus has focused on promoting community problem-solving, reducing crime and enhancing justice for all of our residents,” said City Manager David Cooke. “During the turbulent period of the COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide concern over racial equity and police actions, Chief Kraus has had the support and respect of his fellow officers and stakeholders in the Fort Worth community.”

“Fort Worth has been incredibly blessed to have Chief Kraus at the helm of our police department,” said Mayor Betsy Price. “His servant’s heart has been what the City of Fort Worth needed during these unprecedented times and his leadership has been transformative for our community. Chief Kraus has laid the groundwork for a more accountable and transparent department through various initiatives, from working with the Police Monitor to establishing the third-party panel review, and I am confident these efforts will continue for the remainder of his tenure and beyond.”

Kraus will remain with the department through the end of 2020. A national search will be conducted to find his replacement.

Kraus began his law enforcement career in 1992. He has served as an officer, detective and sergeant in several units in 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 as deputy chief over the Investigative and Support Command, assistant chief over the Support Bureau and executive assistant chief over the Patrol Bureau.

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