FORT WORTH, TX -- Looks like Fort Worth’s chief cowboy is deciding to ride off into the sunset. That’s right, Fort Worth PD's head honcho, Jeff Halstead, is expected to retire on Tuesday.
The news is a bit unexpected. But, then again, it’s been somewhat of a rough ride for this cowboy. Halstead’s near six-year post has been saddled with problems.
Who could forget the raid at the Fort Worth gay bar, The Rainbow Lounge? That happened shortly after Halstead took the reins as chief. The incident prompted policy changes department-wide.
Then there were issues, lots of issues with his staff, involving suspected drunk driving arrests. Yeah, over a dozen of Halstead’s officers were cuffed on his watch. One case even resulted in the death of a 27-year-old mother. Even Halstead’s former chief of staff was fired after a DUI arrest.
More recently, accusations of discrimination against some of his black officers put the Chief in the hot seat. Halstead posted a YouTube apology.
"It was very apparent within the report that even I made some very poor judgment decisions, and I apologized to any and everyone I have hurt," Halstead said in the video.
So far, no word on why the Chief is ready to stable his career; maybe he’s just ready to gallop onto greener pastures.