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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The Fort Worth City Council decided Tuesday who will take over as the interim police chief when Chief Jeff Halstead retires from his position in January. Assistant Chief Rhonda Robertson received unanimous support from the council.

Robertson was hired by the Fort Worth Police Department in 1985 and had already announced her own plans to retire.

But, when Halstead decided that he too would be retiring, he asked Robertson to stay until the city finds its next police chief. “Chief Halstead has positioned us so that we’re on the path to excellence,” she said on Tuesday. “The work is not going to stop because he’s decided to leave us, and we’re going to stay on that path. We’re going to continue giving our citizens great service and we look forward to the search for our new chief.”

Halstead called Roberton a master strategist who has earned a tremendous amount of respect.

Robertson has served in several areas of the department, from patrol commander to internal affairs. She was appointed to one of three assistant chief positions in 2013. She has a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement from the University of Oklahoma and a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. Robertson has also graduated from the FBI National Academy.

Robertson’s husband of 25 years retired from the Fort Worth Police Department in 2005. They have a daughter and a granddaughter.

Robertson is set to take over as interim police chief on January 10.

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