Stepping Down: Fort Worth Police Chief Announces Retirement

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FORT WORTH-The head cowboy at Fort Worth P.D. announced his retirement after six years behind the reins.

Chief Jeffery Halstead will leave effective on January 9. His retirement comes after a hard start, "I had absolutely no idea that that first year would be so challenging," said Halstead.

There was the raid at the Fort Worth gay bar, The Rainbow Lounge that drew criticism and prompted quick changes.

"The work might not have made national headlines but it made a difference and that difference has made a more livable city out of Fort Worth for the LGBT community," said David Mack Henderson, President of Fairness Fort Worth.

And most recently, accusations of discrimination against some of his black officers put the chief in the hot seat.

"As chief you’ve been no stranger to adversity just like any chief in a major city, no one has handled it better than you," said Betsy Price, Fort Worth Mayor.

And the farewells didn't come without emotion, " I give all my thanks to my faith, my family and I have to say that the employees of this organization, they are a class act," said Halstead.

The next chief could be announced at the next city council meeting.

So what's next for Halsted? Well he plans on starting up his own consulting business to help other cops learn from his experience.