About the Chief

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 24 years of law enforcement experience with 18 years at various command ranks as a member of the City of Philadelphia Police Department. In each position, Chief Fitzgerald was instrumental in those agencies becoming benchmarks for jurisdictions seeking to promote community problem solving, violent crime abatement, and the enhancement of procedural justice.

Fitzgerald holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration, an M.B.A. in Executive Management, a B.A. in Liberal Arts, and served on the IACP Forensics Committee 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-LEEDS Program, DEA (DUCA), Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, and the Police Executive Research Forum.

He and his wife Pauline, have three children and two grandchildren.