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- Well, it's the end of an era for the woman stepping down from her role as Fort Worth mayor. Betsy Price, the longest-serving mayor in the city's history, is retiring after 10 years in office. But before she hangs up her hat, she's being honored as Fort Worth Magazine's "Person of the Year." New at 6:00, Madison sits down with Price for a candid conversation about the honor, her legacy, and her plans for the future.

- All right, let's do this thing.

MADISON SAWYER: Betsy Price's 10 years as Fort Worth mayor have not been spent sitting in her office at City Hall.

BETSY PRICE: I've never believed that you govern well behind a desk, and my motto has always been you've got to be out in the community.

MADISON SAWYER: Leading Cowtown with compassion.

BETSY PRICE: First and foremost, you want people to know you're here and that you really care. I mean, I don't do this for the politics. I've never done it for politics, I do it for the service.

MADISON SAWYER: That service started before she was elected as mayor in 2011. But in the years after, she led the city out of the recession, navigated high-profile police incidents, and now, the coronavirus pandemic. Her years filled with both challenges and successes.

BETSY PRICE: We've had our moments of real excitement and then moments where it's pretty boring, but the biggest challenge has been managing the growth and still keeping Fort Worth true to its roots.

MADISON SAWYER: And every step of the way, encouraging folks to get moving through her initiatives like Fit Worth and Blue Zones.

BETSY PRICE: We're the only big city in the nation that's Blue Zone certified, and the first to be Blue Zone certified. We've changed the health of this community. We've moved the needle a lot. There's a lot of work still to be done, but it matters, because it really is about people being engaged. When people are out moving, they're going to walk around their neighborhood, put it back around their neighborhood, and talk to their friends and get to know their neighbors, and it makes a better city.

MADISON SAWYER: And you're now being honored as Fort Worth Magazine Person of the Year. What does that honor mean to you?

BETSY PRICE: That's a huge honor. It's the first time they've done a "Person of the Year." They've done the top 200 and top 400 before. And it's just-- it's kind of overwhelming to think that you would be selected out of the top-- as the top influencer in the city.

MADISON SAWYER: Why do you think they chose you?

BETSY PRICE: I don't know. Maybe they like crazy people. You know, I have to hope it's because I've really helped shape this city. In 10 years, I mean, we've seen such growth and so many changes. I mean, think about it. Dickies arena wasn't here, Chisholm Trail wasn't here. Sundance Square was a parking lot. You could smoke in any building in the city. There's just been so many changes.

MADISON SAWYER: She says there's never a perfect time to say goodbye to serving a city that she loves, but she has a good reason to step away.

BETSY PRICE: I looked at my kids and looked at my grandkids and thought, this is a good time.

MADISON SAWYER: And she's excited for whatever her next chapter may hold.

BETSY PRICE: I'm not one to sit around and do nothing. So, I don't know whether it'll be on the public side, or volunteer side, or where it'll be, but I'll come back and do something, I'm sure.

MADISON SAWYER: Now, one of Mayor Price's biggest accomplishments, she says, is making Fort Worth the place to be. And as we told you yesterday, Fort Worth is now the nation's second-fastest growing city. And according to new figures from the Census Bureau, it grew by more than 19,000 people from just 2019 to 2020. But you can celebrate the mayor tonight in person at this year's reception. It's actually happening at the Fort Worth Club at 5:30, and tickets are still available on the magazine's website. And they start, Karen, right around $42.