Katarina Carroll has been announced as Queensland’s first female police commissioner.
Carroll is currently the Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner, but will begin her new role in July when Commissioner Ian Stewart retires.
Carroll graduated from the police academy in 1983, and throughout her career has taken on a number of leadership roles, including Superintendent in the Far North Region in 2007 and Assistant Commissioner in 2010.
“The pride I felt the day I first pulled on that blue shirt has never left me,” Commissioner Carroll said.
“To now lead this group of men and women is humbling.”
Congratulations @QFES_chief Katarina Carroll on becoming Qld’s new @QldPolice Commissioner. This is a proud day for the Commissioner and for Queensland. Commissioner Carroll is the first woman to fill the role in the service’s 159 year history. @CoPStewart @MarkRyanQLD #qldpol pic.twitter.com/IbIoREbcn9
— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) April 23, 2019
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the announcement on Tuesday, saying it is a proud day for the state.
“She has worn the uniforms of two branches of our emergency services and stood by us in our toughest times, including Cyclones Debbie and Marcia, not to mention the 2018 bushfires,” Palaszczuk said.
The state’s police minister said there was an international search prior to the decision being made.
“She has served not just the people of Queensland but has also played vital roles in a number of national and international groups including the Australia and New Zealand Counter-Terrorism Committee for Command,” Police Minister Mark Ryan said.
Carroll will be the state’s 20th police commissioner.