Kristi Bennett Resigns as Chief of the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department


Kristi Bennett has submitted her resignation to City Manager Jay Ellington. Bennett’s resignation will be effective on July 6, 2022.

Press Release:

Current Police Chief Kristi Bennett has submitted a formal resignation from the
Texarkana, Arkansas Police Department (TAPD) that will be effective July 6th, 2022.
Bennett will be returning to her hometown with her family to serve as the Police Chief of
Hot Springs Village.

“It is with great sadness that we accept this resignation from Chief Bennett, but we are
grateful for her years of service to our community. Her commitment to well-trained
officers and staff coupled with her exceptional love for our city have made her an
excellent chief. We will miss her in our organization, but we wish her the best as she
continues her career” said City Manager Jay Ellington.

Chief Bennett’s tenure with TAPD began in 2005 as a patrol officer and was later
promoted to the department’s Public Information Officer where she spearheaded the
successful PRIDE academy program that provided much needed outreach to the
community’s youth. Bennett has been recognized for her accomplishments at all levels
including the TOP COP award from the National Association of Police Organizations.
Bennett served as Interim Police Chief in September of 2020 before being named Chief
of Police in March 2021.

“It has truly been a great honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Texarkana, Arkansas
for the last 19 years. I will forever be grateful for the support of my agency, my city and
the citizens of Texarkana, Arkansas.” Said Chief Bennett in her resignation letter.

The City of Texarkana will soon begin the process of seeking out candidates to fill the
position of police chief.


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