Mayor Leppert's Last Day is Friday

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Moments ago, after the last of the afternoon speakers came to the council chambers microphone to denounce Mayor Tom Leppert and the media one last time, the mayor said what we've known was coming since last night, if not well before: He's outta here.

"This will be my last city council meeting. Effective at the end of the day Friday, I will be resigning as the mayor of the city of Dallas."

He did not address whether he will run for U.S. Senate, as he's expected to do. He said only this about that: "I feel I can better serve our city, our region and our state in a new capacity. I won't say any more about that right now. This isn't the right forum. In the next several days I'll have more to say on that."

We'll post the entire adios -- some of it a bit tear-stained -- shortly. But in between back-pats and thank-yous, and his insistence that he's leaving the city in better shape than when he began in '07, Leppert took a parting shot at the council members who voted last year to hike taxes in order to balance the city's budget. He said the hike was his sole regret: "Raising taxes didn't let you escape the tough choices, it only delayed them. It only made the situation worse. The tax hike has made it much more difficult to attract businesses."

Leppert, who spoke about the drop in crime and downtown relocations and so forth, said that since he was elected, there's "never been a dull moment" and insisted that "history will look back on this time and look at the tremendous achievement, tremendous advances, tremendous strides and see this is one of the most productive times in our city's history." And he insisted he never viewed his job based on wins and losses, only on "what's best for the entire city and not just today but in the decades to come."

Leppert thanked City Manager Mary Suhm, City Attorney Tom Perkins and the "passionate, dedicated" city council. At this moment, the council is saying its good-byes. First up was Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway.

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25 comments
steve
steve

what is it about these Republicans who never finish their terms in office but are always positioning themselves for something better? He made a commitment and he's not keeping it. He ought to get the half term governor to campaign for him

Cuecat
Cuecat

Good riddance! I will work diligently to see Liepert defeated.

Jay Hawk
Jay Hawk

Thanks for nothing - you put your own political aspirations ahead of the needs of the city. I guess all the Park Cities power brokers got what they wanted, but you left the rest of us with Dwaine, Arthur and Archie. That's not a fair trade.

daisy
daisy

my moment of sheer joy that the lying SOB will finally be gone was immediately shattered by the thought that another lying SOB is waiting to take his place..... phooey.

Snookie Pie
Snookie Pie

oh, thank God he's gone!Didn't think I'd make it four FULL years.

Renegade
Renegade

I wonder when Mayor Caraway will be indicted for making a false police report regarding Arthur and Archie?

TimCov
TimCov

He didn't even give 2 weeks notice?! I recommend that nobody hir him for any position he applies for.

Guest
Guest

He's leaving and he's not even going to show us where he buried the buckets of money for the Trinity Toll Road?

Rooster
Rooster

And remember....whatever stupid things "Crazy Dwaine" does.....he can't be held accountable because he's doing it all for the children.....

Rooster
Rooster

I guess its time to tee up "Crazy Dwaine"....

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Quick, someone hide the keys to the city before Dwaine takes over!

Dwayne
Dwayne

PULL UP YOUR PANTS!

Dallasite
Dallasite

Glad he is gone. He left the city in worse shape and we will all see in the coming months that Leppert "strong mayor" lied about everything.

Lakewooder
Lakewooder

Robert, seriously, they're not gonna let that Huckleberry pretend like he's mayor, are they?

who ray
who ray

Did he say he left the city in "better shape" or "bitter shape"? Man oh man, didn't even provide the City with a "two week notice".

MortgageGuy
MortgageGuy

I agree - tremendous strides. Leppert is like a Dallas version of Neil Armstrong. Just like Armstrong, Leppert stepped down, took a few steps around, claimed a plot of land, and left it for somebody else to build the hotel.

Enrique De La Fuente
Enrique De La Fuente

Can't you just have some private equity firm buy Dallas and let them run it?

JPJ
JPJ

Doesn't Dwaine have to wait until Friday before he's mayor?

Steve
Steve

Robert, what's your take?

Downtown Resident
Downtown Resident

Mayor Dwaine Caraway....

" I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened. "

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

he didnt bury them, he sent them to all his buddies and contractors in the constuction busniess. It not his problem now, and never will be again. But keep searching for those buckets if you want, you might try under the dock bby the solar powered taxis.

Howard
Howard

Like Victory Park?

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

I leave my opinions to Schutze. Though, frankly, as a born-n-bred Dallasite, I'm never terribly fond of the outsider who can't even stick around to finish one term. J. Erik Jonsson would not be impressed.

Lakewooder
Lakewooder

The only thing we have to fear is Dwaine itself.

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