Kevin Kraus, a 21-year veteran of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, has joined the Allegheny County Sheriff's Office as a commander and will become Sheriff William P. Mullen's second-in-command in June after the current chief deputy sheriff retires.
Cmdr. Kraus, 44, has been one of the more prominent faces of the Pittsburgh police over the years, often appearing on TV in his position as a lieutenant in the major crimes unit, which is responsible for investigating such offenses as homicide, rape, burglary and robbery.
He began his new job Monday and will undergo training for the next two months.
When Chief Deputy Sheriff Joseph Rizzo retires June 7 after what Sheriff Mullen called an "exceptional" 36-year career, Cmdr. Kraus will take over for him.
Sheriff Mullen said the new commander's biggest learning curve will be the office's civil section, which handles foreclosure actions and sheriff's sales.
As a Pittsburgh police officer, Cmdr. Kraus received the Officer of the Year award and the Meritorious Service award.
Cmdr. Kraus will earn $97,912.26, up from $78,998.40 as a city police lieutenant. When he gets promoted he will make $107,703.65.