Executive Assistant Chief Edwin Kraus has been named interim
Chief of Police

The Chief will be Guest Speaker at the September EFWBA meeting

Fort Worth City Manager David Cooke determined a change in leadership was necessary for the citizens of Fort Worth and the men and women of the Fort Worth Police Department.

“As the City Manager for the City of Fort Worth, it is my responsibility to make decisions and recommendations in the best interest of this community,” Cooke said. “Today, I’ve made the decision to remove Joel Fitzgerald as the Chief of Police for the Fort Worth Police Department.”

Executive Assistant Chief Edwin Kraus has been designated as interim Chief of Police.

Chief Kraus began his career with the Fort Worth Police Department in 1992. He has served as an officer, detective and sergeant in several units in the Patrol Bureau. His command experience includes assignments as a Neighborhood Policing District lieutenant, a Patrol Division captain, commander of the Training Division, and deputy chief over the Investigative and Support Command. Most recently, Kraus oversaw the Patrol Bureau.

Atmos Energy unveils pledge to
call 811

Research indicates there is a 99% chance of avoiding a utility service outage, property damage, personal injury or harm to the environment when someone dials 811 before digging.

Because excavation damage poses the greatest threat to its natural gas system, Atmos Energy has unveiled a “Pledge to Call 811” to underscore the importance of safe digging. Atmos Energy will donate $1 to the American Red Cross for every pledge completed online.

“Natural gas safety is a partnership, so we want everyone to understand the importance of calling 811 before building a deck, planting a tree, installing a fence or digging for any other project,” said John McDill, Atmos Energy vice president of pipeline safety. “Calling 811 is free, it’s safe and it’s required by law — helping to protect millions of miles of underground utility lines that are vital to everyday life.”

When someone dials 811 before digging for any project, that caller will reach a local representative who will coordinate with Atmos Energy and other utilities to mark all underground pipes and cables.


Mayor Price to open Tarrant County Furniture Bank on Aug. 14

The newly opened furniture bank will proivide new and gently used furniture with families and individuals transitioning
out of homelessness.

The Tarrant County Furniture Bank will open Aug. 14 following a 3 p.m. ceremony and ribbon cutting with Mayor Betsy Price. The organization will provide new or gently-used furniture to those transitioning out of homelessness.

Clients are served on a referral and appointment basis only, said Teresa Huskey, founder and executive director.

“The Tarrant County Furniture Bank does not take walk-ins, but will accept referrals through a network of social services agencies and nonprofit organizations that enroll to work directly with the furniture bank,” Huskey said.

Fort Worth’s Directions Home program reports that advocates are housing at least 10 households from homelessness every week, many of whom have no beds, dining tables or living room furniture.

Tarrant County Furniture Bank, a charitable organization, will initially serve Fort Worth and plans to expand its service area to include all of Tarrant County. The furniture bank will depend on donations from residents, the furniture industry, businesses and hotels to keep its warehouse stocked.

Donations can be dropped off by appointment at 2550 McMillan Parkway (formerly the Coors Distributing Co.). For donors who do not have delivery capability, pickup can be arranged, also by appointment, usually scheduled on Saturdays.

To make appointments, call 817-732-8451 or visit the furniture bank website.

Take care of outstanding warrants at Aug. 22 event

Posted Aug. 14, 2019

The Fort Worth Municipal Court will conduct a Safe Harbor initiative, meaning residents may visit without fear of arrest for outstanding warrants issued by the court.

Court in the Community will be conducted from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 22 at Southside Community Center, 959 E. Rosedale St.

Residents who plan to request alternatives to payment should bring all supporting documents for their request, including time payment plan; time served (bring booked-in and booked-out paperwork), community service/indigence (bring paperwork that shows you do not have the financial means to pay a fine); and two forms of identification.

To learn more, call 817-392-6700.

Group researching Vietnam War memorial in Fort Worth

Posted Aug. 15, 2019

statue in park

Veterans Memorial Park already hosts a number of monuments to our nation’s and city’s heroes. A Vietnam War memorial is planned.

Throughout the Vietnam War era, as many as 208 Tarrant County residents lost their lives. There is no local memorial or monument to honor their sacrifice. But that is about to change.

The Fort Worth Aviation Museum has been researching what is would take to erect a memorial in Veterans Memorial Park, 4120 Camp Bowie Blvd. Recently a group of veterans and concerned residents met to discuss the logistics of establishing a memorial.

A September 2020 dedication is tentatively planned during the Medal of Honor Society’s annual meeting in Fort Worth.

A design contest is scheduled for youths in the community to submit designs for the memorial. Prizes will be awarded, and the winning student’s design will be transformed into a finished memorial.

To learn more, contact the Fort Worth Aviation Museum.

Fort Worth now the 13th largest U.S. city in the nation!


Fort Worth gained 19,552 residents last year, according to U.S. Census estimates.

U.S. Census Bureau 2019 population estimates show Fort Worth jumping from the 15th to 13th largest city in the United States with a population of 895,008. Fort Worth gained 19,552 residents in 2018, climbing ahead of Columbus, Ohio and San Francisco.

“Fort Worth’s rapid growth speaks to our incredible quality of life, business-friendly climate and affordable cost of living,” said Mayor Betsy Price. “Of course, substantial growth presents both great opportunities as well as new challenges to strategically manage our growth without compromising what makes Fort Worth a unique place to live, work and play.”

Price and community leaders credit recent efforts focused around economic development, education, workforce development and health and wellness for having a positive impact. Fort Worth saw the third largest population increase in the U.S.

“The jump to 13th largest city in the U.S. will boost Fort Worth’s recognition worldwide as a formidable city in its own right and help draw more visitors and business investments,” said Bill Thornton, president & CEO of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. “The Dallas-Fort Worth region, now the fourth largest metro, and the Texas brand continue to attract business and top talent to fuel our economy. When people see that Fort Worth is larger than San Francisco, it should pique some curiosity about what’s going on here.”


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