About the Chief

Chief Joel Fitlzgerald Dr. Joel Fitzgerald became Chief of Police of the City of Fort Worth Police Department in October 2015. He previously served as Chief of Police in Allentown, Pennsylvania and Missouri City, Texas. He possesses over 25 years of comprehensive law enforcement experience; and began his career serving over 17 years at various command ranks as a member of the City of Philadelphia Police Department. In each position, Chief Fitzgerald demonstrated innate leadership traits while being instrumental in those agencies becoming benchmarks for other units and jurisdictions seeking to promote community problem solving, who engage in violent crime abatement, and dedicate themselves to the enhancement of procedural justice.

Fitzgerald holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration with a minor in Public Administration, an M.B.A. in Executive Management, a B.A. in Liberal Arts, and has previously served on the IACP Forensics Committee, the Texas Police Chiefs Legislative and Chief Selection Committees, and the Northcentral University School of Business and Technology-Program Advisory Committee. He is a graduate of the Harvard University Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program, the FBI National Academy-National Executive Institute, FBI-NA-LEEDS Program, DEA (DUCA), Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).

He and his wife Detective Pauline Fitzgerald have three children (one in law enforcement) and two grandchildren.