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Charlene Sanders

Prosecuting Attorney
Public Safety

Charlene Sanders joined the City Attorney’s Office as a municipal prosecutor in 2006. She served as an assistant city attorney from 2007 through 2014. In January 2015, Sanders returned to the municipal prosecutor’s office.

Her primary job duty is to prosecute cases that are generated in response to citations issued by Fort Worth police officers. The majority of the offenses are violations of state traffic laws and misdemeanor violations based on the penal code and city ordinances. The prosecutor’s office also responds to requests to modify or remove emergency protective orders and appeals of administrative hearings for parking.


  • J.D. – Baylor University School of Law
  • B.S. (Inter-Disciplinary Studies) – Howard Payne University

Affiliations & Activities

  • Admitted to Practice:
    • Texas
    • United States District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Tarrant County Bar Foundation
  • Member: College of the State Bar of Texas 2013 to present

Prior Experience

Charlene Sanders began her legal career in 1983 representing school districts as an associate with the Law Offices of Earl Luna, P.C. In 1985, she joined the Region Six Office of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). As attorney-advisor (1985–1989) and assistant regional counsel (1989–1996), Sanders’ legal responsibilities included motor carrier regulatory enforcement and employment law before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB). She served as regional counsel (1996–1999), with responsibilities for highway-related legal matters for the five state region, with an emphasis in highway-related environmental matters including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act (parklands).

In 1999, Sanders was named special assistant to the chief safety officer, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Program. While serving in this position, she became one of the original employees of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), USDOT, a federal agency created by congress effective Jan. 1, 2000. In late 2002, Sanders joined the Office of Chief Counsel. Her varied responsibilities during her tenure with the FMCSA included providing time sensitive advice and guidance on various issues involving the North American Free Trade Agreement, serving as legal counsel and team member for high profile rulemakings, including the reorganized motor carrier registration system and household goods mover qualifications, serving as a team member of the Border Initiative Team, charged with analyzing congressional mandates regarding all agency actions required prior to opening northern and southern borders to Canada- and Mexico-domiciled motor carriers and the Border Opening Workgroup, which were charged with interpreting congressional requirements for opening the U.S./Mexico border to Mexico-domiciled tractor/trailer and bus traffic, serving as the legal advisor to the writer of the FMCSA’s Rulemaking Order, which outlined processes to be used in all agency rulemaking actions. Sanders served as legal counsel to the workgroup for the Environmental Impact Statement mandated by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as the result of a lawsuit challenging the opening of the U.S./Mexico Border to Mexico-domiciled tractor/trailer and bus traffic. She was also a member of the legal team that successfully challenged the Ninth Circuit mandate in the United States Supreme Court.

During her employment with the FMCSA, Sanders received the Secretary of Transportation’s Award for EEO and Affirmative Action and the Secretary of Transportation’s Award for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Litigation Team. She was also a 2002 nominee for the FMCSA Employee of the Year. Additionally, during her twenty plus year USDOT tenure, she received nine Performance Awards, three Special Act/Service Awards, and an Incentive Award.

During her tenure with the Fort Worth City Attorney’s Office, Sanders’ responsibilities included advising the Crime Control & Prevention District, the Aviation Department and Aviation Advisory Board, and the Minority & Women Business Enterprise program. Sanders was also responsible for legal matters related to city elections and redistricting, and served as the city’s legal liaison to the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Board.


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