Dallas city manager finalists meet with the public

The five finalists for Dallas City Manager met with the public at city hall on Tuesday night.

Out of the five finalists, four of them hold similar positions in other cities. One of the finalists currently works for Dallas.

The new city manager will play a key role in some critical upcoming decisions for the city as it deals with a failing police and fire pension fund and searches for a new police chief to replace David Brown. The current city manager, A.C. Gonzalez is retiring in January.

The candidates held a public meet and greet as part of a three-day interview process. On Monday, the candidates toured the city. They interviewed with council members on Tuesday and have more interviews on Wednesday.

“They're inheriting a lot of problems. So it's just important for someone to come in and understand that at times you're going to have to be political,” said resident Yolanda Williams. “But at the end of the day, do what's best for the city of Dallas as a whole."

After Gonzalez announced his retirement in May, the city says it received more than 100 applications. Three of the five up for the job are currently holding similar positions in Tacoma, Chattanooga and Tulsa.

There's a CEO in the running as well as the current assistant city manager.

This Friday, the city council is meeting to talk about the candidates. A decision may be made at that time or at least word of an offer going out to the next person heading city hall.

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