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Interim Fort Worth Police Chief Offered, Accepts Chief of Police Position

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    Interim Fort Worth Police Chief Offered, Accepts Chief of Police Position
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    Fort Worth Police Department interim Chief of Police Ed Kraus, May 21, 2019.

    The Fort Worth Police Department has a new Chief of Police.

    The department said Ed Kraus has accepted the position, left vacant when the former chief Joel Fitzgerald was fired back in May.

    Kraus has served as the Interim chief since that time. He has been with the Fort Worth Police Department for 26-years.

    Most recently, Kraus served as the department's Liaison on the race and culture task force, formed after the controversial arrest of Jacqueline Craig several years ago.

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    Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price released a statement Wednesday night saying: “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.”

    A formal announcement is expected from Fort Worth city leaders on Thursday.

    Last month, a Dallas judge denied a temporary injunction filed on behalf of Fitzgerald that would've prevented city officials from hiring a permanent police chief.

    Fitzgerald claimed his firing was an act of retaliation and came after he began investigating and communicating with the FBI concerning the city's compliance issues with the Criminal Justice Information Services system, or CJIS. The federally maintained computer network is designed to share law enforcement information nationwide. A meeting was set up with the FBI on May 20, the same day Fitzgerald was fired.

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