Katarina Carroll

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Katarina Carroll

Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll.jpg
Commissioner of the Queensland Police Service
Assumed office
8 July 2019
Preceded byIan Stewart
Commissioner of Queensland Fire and Emergency Services
In office
1 August 2015 – 5 June 2019
Preceded byLee Johnson
Succeeded byMike Wassing (Acting)
Personal details
Katarina Ruzh Bošnjak

(1963-11-17) 17 November 1963 (age 55)
Innisfail, Queensland, Australia
Alma materGriffith University
OccupationPolice officer

Katarina Ruzh Carroll APM (born 17 November 1963) is an Australian police officer, who has been Commissioner of the Queensland Police Service since July 2019. She was formerly the Commissioner of the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services from August 2015 until July 2019.

Carroll was born in Innisfail, Queensland to Croatian parents, Ivan and Antonia Bošnjak from Ljubuški and Trebižat, Herzegovina, and raised on a tobacco farm in Innot Hot Springs.[1][2] She was educated at Mount Garnet State School, and then boarded at Mount St Bernard College Herberton before completing an associate diploma in community welfare at James Cook University in Townsville.[3] She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in criminology and criminal justice from Griffith University, which awarded her its Outstanding Alumnus Award in 2018.[4]

Carroll joined the Queensland Police Service in 1983, working in general duties, then as a detective in the drug squad, crime operations and ethical standards,[1] and was awarded the Australian Police Medal (APM) in the 2008 Australia Day honours.[5] In 2014, Carroll served as Operations Commander for the G20 summit in Brisbane.[3]

She joined the new Queensland Fire and Emergency Services in December 2014 as acting commissioner,[6] and was officially appointed to the role on 1 August 2015.[7]

On 23 April 2019, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that Carroll would succeed Ian Stewart as Commissioner of Queensland Police upon Stewart's retirement in July 2019.

Commissioner Carroll was appointed Commissioner of the Queensland Police Service on 8 July 2019.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Bosnian Katarina Carroll is the First Female Commissioner of Police in Queensland". Sarajevo Times. 24 April 2019. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  2. ^ Who's Who in Australia. ConnectWeb. 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Meet our G20 peacemaker". The Courier-Mail. 12 November 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Katarina Carroll". Griffith University. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Superintendent Katarina Ruzh CARROLL". honours.pmc.gov.au. Australian Government. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Katarina Carroll: bringing QFES into the 21st century". The Mandarin. 9 October 2015. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  7. ^ "QEFS executive profiles". Fire and Emergency Services. Queensland Government. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  8. ^ Horn, Allyson (23 April 2019). "'A privilege and honour': Katarina Carroll appointed new Qld Police Commissioner". ABC News. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
Police appointments
Preceded by
Ian Stewart
Commissioner of the Queensland Police Service