Fort Worth assistant police chief Kenneth Dean is a 23-year veteran of the department who was promoted to his current role in January.
As assistant chief, he commands 1,000 sworn and civilian personnel and manages a budget of $106 million. He was promoted from captain to deputy chief last summer, essentially serving as former chief Jeffrey Halstead’s “chief of staff,” Halstead said.
“Ken is a real strategist when it comes to dealing with not just small internal issues but larger strategic issues and providing police services to a growing population,” Halstead said. “He's a very dynamic thinker.”
Dean's personnel file, obtained by the Star-Telegram through an open records request, includes 16 commendations and no record of any discipline.
As a captain in 2012, he helped coordinate a drug bust at Texas Christian University in which multiple students, including four football players, were arrested. Over the course of six months, Dean “kept his employees on target and managed the multitude of confidential information that resulted” from the investigation, Maj. W.A. Read wrote in a commendation letter.
Dean, who could not be reached for comment, also served as the spokesman for the department on the day of the bust, addressing media alongside TCU chancellor Victor Boschini.
None of the 23 people arrested in the sting served jail time. The outcomes ranged from probation to deferred adjudication to dismissal. The four football players were kicked off the team and none of the students returned to the school after their arrests.
Dean, who was commissioned as a Fort Worth officer in 1992,gradually worked his way from officer to sergeant to lieutenant.
Dean has been praised for his management skills.
During the Super Bowl in Arlington, he served as the department's planning section coordinator.
“You are a prime example of why the Fort Worth Police Department has the excellent reputation it has,” Read wrote in a 2011 commendation letter.
Born in Charleston, W. Va., his family settled in Texas when he was 10.
Dean is working on a master’s of business administration degree at TCU. He holds a bachelor's degree from Dallas Baptist University. Dean has served in the U.S. Army reserves for more than 19 years.
Ryan Osborne, 817-390-7684
Background in brief
Past jobs: Deputy police chief, captain and lieutenant with experience in criminal investigations, major crimes and internal affairs, Fort Worth.
Education: Bachelor’s of management/criminal justice, Dallas Baptist University; working on master’s of business administration at TCU.