Interim Chief Ed Kraus Named Permanent Police Chief In Fort Worth

Alan Scaia
December 05, 2019 - 7:23 am
Fort Worth Chief Ed Kraus

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FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - Ed Kraus, the interim police chief in Fort Worth, has been selected for the job permanently. Kraus became interim chief in May when Joel Fitzgerald was fired.

Fort Worth police announced City Manager David Cooke had offered Kraus the job Wednesday afternoon, and Kraus accepted.

"The decision to continue the leadership of the Fort Worth Police Department under Chief Kraus is the right choice. 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," Mayor Betsy Price wrote in a statement.

Kraus became an officer in Fort Worth in 1992.

"Chief Kraus, through a stellar 26 year career, has earned the respect of our men and women in blue," says Manny Ramirez, president of the Fort Worth Police Officers Association. "He has led by faith and by a principled commitment to public safety."

The decision has drawn criticism from the group, United Fort Worth. The group led protests outside Fort Worth City Hall when an officer shot and killed Atatiana Jefferson inside her home. That officer has since been charged with murder.

United Fort Worth says community groups had no opportunity to give feedback. The group says Fort Worth should have led a more "transparent process" and national search.

Kraus' selection as chief comes as Fitzgerald's lawsuit works through court. Fitzgerald sued, claiming wrongful termination. In November, a judge in Dallas County rejected Fitzgerald's request for a temporary injunction that would have kept the city from naming a permanent chief until the lawsuit plays out.