Fort Worth Police Chief Jeff Halstead, who led Fort Worth through a number of difficult times in the past six years, announced his retirement Tuesday during the pre-City Council meeting at city hall.
Police Chief Jeff Halstead said he will continue working until Jan. 9, 2015, and then retire.
He and his family have fallen in love with Fort Worth and plan to continue living here after his retirement, he said.
“I’m not moving,” he said. “I love it here so much. This is our home. My wife is a native Texan. If I want another 27 years of happy marriage I better stay in Texas.”
Afterward, the city council members took turns singing his praises.
“As chief you’ve been no stranger to adversity, just like any chief in a major city,” Mayor Betsy Price said. “Fort Worth is the 17th largest city in the nation. Chiefs face big adversity and major decisions, and nobody has handled them any better than you. You should be very proud of your legacy.”