Texarkana, Ark. gets new police chief

Published: Oct. 4, 2022 at 5:44 AM CDT
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TEXARKANA, Ark. (KSLA) — The Texarkana, Arkansas, Police Department has a new police chief.

Michael Kramm will start as chief Oct. 24.

Kramm was selected from more than 39 applicants after a nationwide search with input from interviews by community leaders, law enforcement and city department heads.

“The number of qualified applicants tells me the Texarkana, Arkansas, Police Department is well respected,” City Manager E. Jay Ellington said.

Kramm has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from LeTourneau University and an MBA from the University of Houston Clear Lake. He is also a graduate of the FBI Academy.

“I’m going to bring some experience. I’m going bring even temperament, high expectation of myself and the officers and an intense sense pursuit in working well with the community,” Kramm said.

After serving with the U.S. Navy, Kramm began his career with the League City Police Department in 1993. He spent time as a patrol officer, motorcycle officer, field training officer, field training coordinator and administrator, instructor, special operations division commander and as a SWAT tactical team member. He served as League City’s police chief and, most recently, as assistant city manager of League City.

“Chief Kramm’s broad experience and demonstrated abilities will be an asset to the Texarkana, Arkansas, Police Department. Public safety is one of the city’s highest priorities, and we are pleased to have Kramm take the lead in continuing to build upon community’s legacy of excellence on policing,” Ellington said.

This is the first time in more than 50 years that city leaders have hired a police chief from outside the Police Department. Kramm will take over the position from Kristi Bennett, who resigned to accept the police chief position in Hot Springs Village, Ark.