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Fort Worth mayor, council hire new top aide

Mattie J. Parker has been hired as chief of staff for Fort Worth’s Mayor Betsy Price and the City Council.
Mattie J. Parker has been hired as chief of staff for Fort Worth’s Mayor Betsy Price and the City Council. Courtesy

A local attorney with experience in political affairs will take over as chief of staff for Mayor Betsy Price and the City Council.

Mattie J. Parker, 31, of Fort Worth will start her new job May 18.

“Mattie brings extensive contacts in the Fort Worth business, nonprofit and community sectors,” City Manager David Cooke said in a news release. “Her understanding of our diverse Fort Worth communities will be a definite asset to the city.”

Parker graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Wesleyan School of Law and practiced law with Harris, Finley & Bogle. She worked for a decade in public affairs, serving as the district director and campaign manager for U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth; chief of staff to state Rep. Phil King, R-Weatherford; and executive assistant to former Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick, R-Midland.

Parker is on the board of directors for Recovery Resource Council and is a member of the Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association and the Tarrant County Bar Association.

Jason Lamers, the former chief of staff, left in February to work in communications at BNSF Railway.

Caty Hirst, 817-390-7984

Twitter: @catyhirst

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