Fort Worth

Fort Worth hires municipal courts director from West Coast

Theresa A. Ewing
Theresa A. Ewing City of Fort Worth

A district court administrator from Washington state has been hired as director of Fort Worth’s municipal courts, the city said Monday.

Theresa A. Ewing, who has 25 years of court administration experience, most recently for Thurston County, Washington, will start here May 16.

She has held similar posts for the Bremerton, Wash., municipal courts and with the North Las Vegas, Nev., municipal court system.

In both states, Ewing promoted public and judicial branch improvements by training judiciary staff and judges, created opportunities for increased access to court records through the use of technology, and increased public and governmental awareness of the independence of the judiciary, according to the city’s announcement.

“Theresa Ewing is an ideal fit for Fort Worth as we seek to improve Municipal Court operations in the nation’s fastest growing large city,” Valerie Washington, assistant city manager, said in a statement. “She is an innovative leader who has built a career based on providing an efficient court system with outstanding public service.”

Ewing’s hiring comes as the city is in the midst of implementing new court case management software, which is also designed to make it easier for resident to pay fines. A year ago, the City Council learned that the municipal court system has been unable to collect tens of millions of dollars over the past decade.

Ewing is a Fellow of the Institute for Court Management with the National Center for State Courts. She is currently working on a master’s degree in judicial administration from Michigan State University.

Ewing replaces Deidra Emerson, who became an assistant city manager in Waco in August.