Mayor Mattie Parker hosts Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley in latest podcast episode

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In her 12th episode of the “Go Time in Fort Worth” podcast, Mayor Mattie Parker talked with Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley to discuss public service, dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and what’s next in his career.

Parker started the “Go Time” podcast on July 30. In her first episode, she said the podcast was created to highlight city issues and the residents of Fort Worth.

On Tuesday, Parker hosted Whitley on the podcast, which she said combined both city and guests in one episode.

Whitley, who has over 24 years of service in Tarrant County, said an aspect of public service that may surprise people is the dedication displayed in all areas, from the tax office to the jail.

“You really don’t understand the passion that people have for public service until you get into it and you see that passion being demonstrated,” he said. “We have people who, regardless of what their job is, they are there to try to help the people.”

Parker and Whitley also talked about serving in public office during the COVID-19 pandemic.

One of the biggest priorities for him at the beginning of the pandemic, Whitley said, was to ensure hospitals stayed open. Over a year later, he continues to have weekly meetings with Tarrant County mayors and school superintendents as well as meetings with nonprofit groups to gauge what they can do to move forward, he said.

By 2022, Whitley will have served 26 years in Tarrant County and has no plans to run for reelection. During Tuesday’s episode, he told Parker that he had his campaign signs recycled after the 2018 election.

“I will have been around 26 years. It’s time for somebody else to have a chance to do something,” Whitley said. “While I don’t believe in term limits, I do believe that 12 to 16 years in a particular position is enough.”

The “Go Time in Fort Worth” podcast can be listened to using Apple Podcasts or by visiting the website

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