The Austin police detective was formally approved Monday by the Austin City Council as Austin’s new police chief.
“It’s very special. It’s been a long process,” Krueger said when asked what the occasion meant to him.
City council members shook Krueger’s hand as he walked past the council’s desk, stopping to pose for a couple of pictures with Mayor Tom Stiehm as Krueger’s family watched.
The detective sergeant will get his new chief’s badge soon, but gets the title now. Krueger joined the Austin Police Department in 1984 and was promoted through its ranks, from patrol officer to detective. He was chosen by a city council committee after a series of interviews with two other finalists. He acted as the department’s acting co-chief, managing the department’s investigative division, after Chief Paul Philipp resigned in February.
Krueger said Monday night that there won’t be many changes to the department. Officers will continue to work together to make the department run, he said.
One thing will change soon, though — the search for a new police captain, a position the city hasn’t had filled for close to three years. Krueger said he hopes to get the search for a new captain going as soon as possible. He said he will consider internal applications only.
City council member Jeff Austin said Krueger will make a recommendation on his own to the city council for the new police captain.
The department’s budget is another top priority, said Krueger. He said he wants to keep an eye on the department’s spending this year.
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