Assistant Chief Rhonda Robertson will be named interim police chief in January to replace Jeff Halstead, who announced this week that he is retiring.
A resolution confirming her appointment will be read at Tuesday morning’s City Council meeting.
Robertson is expected to take over the interim chief’s job on Jan. 10, the day after Halstead officially retires. Robertson was hired as a Fort Worth police officer in 1985, according to the police department web site.
Robertson has several years of experience commanding operations in Patrol, Internal Affairs, and the Criminal Investigation Division and oversees the Support Bureau, which includes Tactical Command, Investigative and Support Command and Communications.
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Robertson has a bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement Administration from the University of Oklahoma and a master’s in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Halstead announced his retirement at this week’s pre-council meeting after almost six years in Fort Worth. His salary for 2014 is $170,384.
Halstead, 51, came to Fort Worth in 2008 from the Phoenix Police Department, where he worked 20 years, rising to the rank of commander. Halstead said he plans to devote time to his consulting business. City Manager David Cooke said he expected the search for his replacement to take four to six months.