TAPD Chief Michael Kramm Leaving


Courtesy TAPD

A change at the top of the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department will be forthcoming soon.

Current Chief of Police Michael Kramm is resigning for family reasons.

Here is the Press Release from TAPD:

On Thursday, April 4th, 2024, our Chief, Michael Kramm, announced his pending departure from Texarkana Arkansas Police Department. Chief Kramm has always told the men and women of his department that family comes first. As a man of his word, Chief has decided he needs to be with his family at this time. Chief Kramm has shared the following message with our department:

Many of you have heard me say family comes first.  It is time for me to live up to that mantra.  I have some family obligations back in southeast Texas that I need to be there to meet.  Therefore, I have informed the City Manager and the Executive Staff that I will be leaving in early May.

Departing from a position where I have enjoyed so much support from the people I am lucky enough to work beside is not easy.  City Manager Robert Thompson is a great boss and truly supports his staff.  Finance Director Tyrhonda Henderson is a joy to work with and a friend.  Public Works Director Tyler Richards is a magician the way he juggles so many tasks and still finds time to help everyone who asks.  And Mayor Allen Brown is an elected official who is actually in it for the right reasons. He lives to make Texarkana, Arkansas a better place every day.  Working with them has been a privilege, and I am confident whoever takes my place will appreciate what great relations exist across city departments.

The police department has so many incredibly dedicated officers and staff who give more than a chief could expect.  Assistant Chief Bobby Jordan and the Command Staff have supported me without exception, despite me being the new guy who came from that other state.  Newly promoted lieutenants and sergeants, facing significant personnel shortages, are proving themselves worthy each day. The dedication they have shown to the department and the citizens gives me confidence that TAPD will continue to move forward as a premier police agency.  Patrol officers and detectives have worked too many overtime hours to count, staffing shifts and working weekends to keep the Entertainment District safe for the public.

Last, but certainly not least, the non-sworn staff members of the department have taken on both new roles and extra duties as we combined and expanded job titles and descriptions.  It has truly been an all-hands effort, and it has been an honor to be your chief.

I will be leaving many new friends, and while that pains me, I am incredibly thankful that I am lucky enough to have met so many wonderful and truly good people.  Team TAPD will always hold a place in my heart.  I will miss you all.

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