FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief will deliver his eighth state of the city address Wednesday. He calls it his final city report card before he retires later this year.
“This will be the last one,” says Moncrief, “And I think if I have to give the city a grade I’d give them an A+.”
The mayor gives high marks to the city government for weathering tough financial storms. But more than just giving the city a grade, Moncrief says he wants to give some advice in his speech for whoever takes the reigns of the city after him.
“If there is one thing I’ve learned in this job in the eight years i’ve been here its that those public private partnerships have taken us where we are today and that is what we are going to depend on to take us where we want to be tomorrow.”
Moncrief says the city has partnered with the county and federal agencies on major projects as well as with the private sector.
The mayor’s speech will highlight partnerships like the one between city animal control and PetSmart. The pet store chain offered floor space in a south Fort Worth store and the facilities for Fort Worth Animal Control to man an adoption center. Since it opened, Fort Worth has almost eliminated the need to euthanize animals and has eliminated problems with crowded kennels in its city-run facility.
“We wrote the book and we set the bar on public private relationships in this city,” says Moncrief, “So the roadmap is there. All you have to do is follow it.”
Moncrief said his final major speech as a public official will focus on the city’s future without him as mayor.
“I’m determined not to be emotional… Easy to say. Difficult to do. But I know I’m comfortable with where I am and the decision Rosie and I made.”