A.C. Gonzalez is Dallas' New City Manager

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In the end, it was unanimous. Each member of the Dallas City Council voted this morning to hire A.C. Gonzalez as city manager.

Gonzalez, a 15-year veteran at City Hall, has been serving as interim city manager since Mary Suhm stepped down last year. His role in the Uber scandal aside, he never stopped being the odds-on favorite for the job.

His selection, ironically enough, was couched in the rhetoric of change.

Mayor Mike Rawlings, critiquing the City Hall bureaucracy as insufficiently responsive, said that "more rapid strategic significant changes will come if A.C. Gonzalez becomes city manager.

"He has convinced me number one priority is to create more change than we have seen and that we've seen from any of the other candidates."

Gonzalez echoed the "change" theme in brief remarks accepting the job.

"This vote of confidence in me is an indication in your belief that positive change can and will be achieved from within, and I'm confident that we can get started on those changes sooner, not later."

He will be closely watched by some on the council. Despite their unanimous vote today, the behind-the-scenes contest was much closer, with Oakland City Administrator Deanna Santana reportedly falling just one vote shy.

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Tipster1908
Tipster1908

I don't understand the dynamic behind the unanimous public vote. If he barely has council support (8-7 vote behind closed doors), it seems like a public vote reflecting that would make sense. Do individual council members fear retribution against their districts if they vote publicly against him? I'd normally say it's crazy to imagine such a dynamic but this is Dallas. Then again, there will be no secret of where the real support came from. We all know that Griggs and Kingston, were not voting for him. Their next campaign isn't going to get more DCC money just because the public vote showed support from them. Maybe WylieH or someone better versed in the politics of the horseshoe downtown can enlighten me.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

These are your elected representatives. Bury them next time. Quit drinkin the koolaid. Tell your friends. Show up Wed morning and ream them.

AdamsonScott
AdamsonScott

What scares me even more than picking Mr. Tainted Internal Candidate was that they were just one vote away from picking the woman who has been presiding over the worst municipal disaster area this side of Detroit.  Leave it to Dallas to rank the best candidate last.

whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

If only I could predict the Lotto numbers so easily (Side note - everyone looks really short in that photo)

Gangy
Gangy

It's up to Dallas citizens to give them hell until we get the change we want.  A few indictments would help, too.


tdkisok
tdkisok

Blah blah blah.....CHANGE......blah blah blah.....CHANGE.....blah blah blah.........more bullshit.

dallasdrilling.wordpress.com
dallasdrilling.wordpress.com

So I guess Mary Suhms retirement was nothing more than a public self pleasuring exercise for a select group of people.

James080
James080 topcommenter

Proving again that there is value in knowing where all of the bodies are buried.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

heard Atkins was saying that if they didnt hire AC it'd be like hiring Jurrah only not 3 super bowl wins Jurrah.  This made me laugh, because, It is like Jurrah over there, the players faces change, but the same shit keeps happening over and over at city hall, and the one constant is the man at the top (DCC)

James_the_P3
James_the_P3

Somebody needs to do a little more drilling down and identify how the real vote broke down.

casiepierce
casiepierce

This king is dead. Long live the king.

elm95
elm95

How much money did the Dallas Citizens Council earmark for City Council members next re-election campaign? 

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

A very disappointing decision by the Council.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

So... the way to get rapid change is to keep the same old people?


Remember, this is our best and brightest.  We get the government that we deserve.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

That will be a sweet pic when shit hits the fan.

WylieH
WylieH

It's like the old saying:  "The more things stay the same, the more things change?"

WylieH
WylieH

@Tipster1908Your instincts are correct.  The problem with voting against Gonzalez once it is clear he will win is that your district can suffer retribution. 

WylieH
WylieH

@AdamsonScottMany of the most desirable candidates knew suspected that this was a tainted process from the outset.  The City of Dallas was only willing to pay a search firm $40,000 for help.  By way of comparison, the executive search firm that helped Parkland find a new CEO received a retainer that exceeded $300,000.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@James_the_P3 Frontburner had double secret inside info that the council only lacked one vote from hiring the Oaklnad lady but when it became clear no one else would swing their vote that way, they all agreed to vote for AC

WylieH
WylieH

@elm95 Purchasing South Dallas city council seats appears to be quite affordable.  Kind of like a creeping hostile takeover in business, one only has to acquire a controlling block, not necessarily a majority and certainly not the entire council.

IPost
IPost

Possibilities:

1. Something at the Central Library or an entire library in Vonciel's district.

2. A bridge.

3. Something along the Trinity.

4. One of the new proposed restaurants at the City-owned Omni Hotel. Girl likes to eat.

IPost
IPost

The Front burner story doesn't seem to jive. If Rawlings was leading the vote for change and, therefore, supporting Saldana with 6 others, why does he continue to hold on to Mary Suhm? She's working on city projects at his request. Hell, she met with him the morning after her non-retirement party. And can anyone recall the last time Rawlings didn't vote with the southern sector?

It doesn't add up. Just like Sandy Greyson supporting A.C. Astonished and disappointed to hear she was one of the 8 majority votes.

James_the_P3
James_the_P3

@ScottsMerkin@James_the_P3I got that, but my question is who voted which way.  I can pretty well guess how Kingston and Griggs voted.  And by the same token, I can pretty well guess how Rawlings and Atkins voted.


I've really just got three or four who I'm curious about (i.e., Callaghan, Kleinman, Kadane, Greyson).

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