On June 5, 2014, Kevin M. Kraus was sworn in as Chief Deputy of the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office.  Appointed by Sheriff Mullen, Chief Kraus succeeds Chief Deputy Joseph Rizzo, who retired from duty in June after 36 years of service. 

A 21-year veteran of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Chief Kraus was promoted through the ranks to Detective, Sergeant and Lieutenant, the position he has held the past 13 years. 

For 12 years, he served as Lieutenant of the Major Crimes, Investigations Branch, responding to and overseeing the criminal and administrative investigations of all police-involved incidents entailing serious injury or death to any party.

Duties also included responding to homicide and major crime scenes and managing those investigations, as well as, commanding a staff of nine supervisors and 100 detectives and directing all investigations within the Major Crimes section’s 12 divisions. 

Kevin M. Kraus

Allegheny County Chief Deputy
2014 - Present

Chief Kraus was recipient of the prestigious Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Officer of the Year award for leadership performance, as well as, the agency’s Meritorious Service Award for his effective implementation of crime suppression strategies.  He also received the Law Enforcement Agency Directors award for outstanding leadership performance.

In addition to serving as a Pittsburgh Bureau of Police media spokesperson for the past 11 years, Chief Kraus was coordinator of the Allegheny County Crime Stoppers of Pennsylvania television program. 

Chief Kraus is an alumnus of La Roche College, where he graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a degree in Administration and Management.  He is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.