Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price reflective as tenure comes to end

Betsy Price reflects on how the term ends

Just weeks before she was back to life as a private individual, Price took the time to speak to FOX 4 about the longest tenure of a mayor in Fort Worth history.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price is in a pensive mood as her term comes to an end.

Price first ran for public office in 2000, and her ten-year term as mayor has ended. In January she announced that she would not seek re-election.

“I’m excited about it, but it’s also sad to end,” she said.

Just weeks before she was back to life as a private individual, Price took the time to speak to FOX 4 about the longest tenure of a mayor in Fort Worth history.

“This is a job you should do if you want to get it right, because you have a passion for this city, because you want to be a servant,” Price said.

The shelves in her office offer a glimpse of the streets that have been both smooth and controversial.

Last year, racist tension spread to City Hall amid the murder of George Floyd as angry protesters called for changes within Fort Worth’s police force and city government.

“Often they would ask about things that are not possible under Texan law. But if you talk to them, most of them will say, ‘Okay, I get that, what if we do this?’ That’s what you want, open dialogue, “Price said.

The assassination of Atatiana Jefferson is one of the most difficult incidents the mayor has ever faced. Former FWPD officer Aaron Dean is charged with murder. He shot through a window and killed Jefferson who was babysitting her nephew. A neighbor asked for a social check because his front door was open late at night.

“The judge said the trial will take place this summer. I think this will help heal this community. But I think we’ve made a lot of changes to help. Our officials have a lot of extra. We have our NPO, the neighborhood cops, stepped up on the street. We have stepped up our crisis intervention team to respond gently to calls that are non-violent, “Price said.

Price says she believes the city acted compassionately after Jefferson died. But she regrets another high profile racist incident – the arrest of Jacqueline Craig and her daughter in 2019 after Craig called the police to complain that their neighbor was molesting their son.

“Our response to that wasn’t what it should have been. I think we didn’t hear as much from the community as we should have back then. And I think looking back and studying really helped us in our response helped Atatiana Jefferson, “Price said.

Prize points for progress while realizing more work to be done.

“Are we perfect? ​​No. But we’re making good progress. And if we keep pushing we will get a better understanding from everyone,” she said.

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