Queensland Police name first female Commissioner

Katarina Carroll has today been officially named as Queensland’s next Police Commissioner.

She’ll replace Commissioner Ian Stewart, when he resigns from the roll in July, ending 45 years of service.

Katarina Carroll will be the first female Police Commissioner for the state, and the 20th Police Commissioner in Queensland.


Commissioner Carroll says she’s extremely proud.

“It sends a very strong message that young girls and women can do anything in this state,” Commissioner Carroll said.

Katarina Carroll has come from the commissioner role at the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, which she held for over four years.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the announcement in Brisbane this afternoon, saying Commissioner Carroll was the most outstanding candidate for the role.

“Her CV is outstanding.

“She has come through the ranks, she has worked long and hard during G20, she has stood by Queensland during cyclone Marsha, cyclone Debbie, you name the countless cyclones and catastrophic bushfires that we had to deal with.

“She is a woman of outstanding integrity, of outstanding strength.

“She is intelligent, she is smart and she has great sense of humour.

“But there are big shoes to fill.

“Once again, i want to thank Commissioner Ian Stewart, the commissioner has done an outstanding job and now in July the baton will be passed to Commissioner Carrol.