Fort Worth Names 6 Finalists For Police Chief – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Fort Worth has selected six finalists to become the city’s new police chief. Two are from the department and one is currently the chief of police for a city in North Texas.

The city has been looking for a new police chief after the current chief Ed Kraus announced his resignation on July 27th. He took the position after former boss Joel Fitzgerald was fired in May 2019.

The city said the six finalists were selected from a pool of more than 50 applicants.

“Choosing who will run our police department is one of the most important hiring decisions we must make,” said City Manager David Cooke.

The city published the names of the finalists and a brief description of their qualifications.

Fort Worth Police Commissioner finalists

Wendy Baimbridge

Baimbridge has been Deputy Chief of the Houston Police Department since March 2017. She joined HPD in 1992. She holds a Masters of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Houston.

Troy Gay

Gay has been with the Austin Police Department since 1991 and has served as the Austin Police Department’s deputy chief since January 2013. Gay received a bachelor’s degree from Texas State University, a degree in criminal justice from the University of Virginia, and a graduate from the FBI’s National Academy.

Christopher C. Jones

Jones holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and a degree from the FBI National Academy. He has been Deputy Sheriff at the Las Vegas Municipal Police Department since February 2020.

Derick D. Miller

Miller has served with the Carrollton Police Department for 28 years and has been the chief of police since November 2017. He holds a Masters of Arts in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Texas at Arlington and a diploma in criminal law education from the University of Virginia.

Neil Noakes

Noakes holds an MSc in criminal justice and criminology from Texas Christian University and a BS in criminal justice administration from Tarleton State University. He has been Deputy Chief of the Fort Worth Police Department since March 2019.

Julie A. Swearingin

Swearingin is the deputy chief of the Fort Worth Police Department. She holds a BS in Criminal Justice Administration from Tarleton State University and a degree from the FBI National Academy.

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