Hewitt Names John McGrath as New Chief of Police

The City of Hewitt has concluded an extensive search and interview process for a new Chief of Police and is pleased to announce John McGrath as the selected candidate. McGrath’s first day in the position is scheduled for Monday, April 3, 2023.

McGrath brings with him 31 years of experience in operations and supervision in Patrol, Traffic Operations, Criminal Investigations, SWAT, Internal Affairs, and Community Policing. He joined the Arlington Police Department as a Police Officer in 1991 and was promoted to Deputy Police Chief in 2018. He holds a Master of Criminal Justice degree from Tarleton State University, a Master Peace Officer Certification from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, and has graduated from the FBI National Academy 282nd session, the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration (ILEA) School of Executive Leadership, and the Senior Management Institute for Police.

City Manager Bo Thomas expressed confidence that “the hiring of Chief John McGrath will only compliment and promote the Hewitt Police Department and the outstanding foundation and leadership of former Chief Jim Devlin.” Devlin is now serving as Hewitt’s Assistant City Manager. Thomas also thanked the Human Resources Department and the interview panel for their diligent efforts in the hiring process.

The appointment of Chief John McGrath is expected to enhance the Hewitt Police Department’s capabilities and leadership, further promoting safety and security within the city.