Dallas City Hall | KERA News

Dallas City Hall

Flickr Creative Commons

At Dallas City Council's first meeting on Wednesday, newly inaugurated members and familiar faces from South and West Dallas will fill the seats of four ousted incumbents.  


A.C. Gonzalez, who's been a lightning rod for criticism during his two-plus years as Dallas's city manager, said Monday that he'll leave the job in January.

Dallas city manager A.C. Gonzalez has released his proposed budget today, which would cut money from the police department to help increase funds for other city services such as streets, animal services, and libraries. Gonzalez is recommending $3 million more for the libraries in next year’s budget, plus another $3 million the following year. He says it will allow 12 library branches and the central library downtown to return to opening their doors seven days per week.

Stella M. Chávez / KERA News

So far, most of the debate over the immigrant children who have crossed the Texas border has been political. On Monday, an event featuring religious and community leaders supporting those children put a spotlight on a girl in the middle of that debate. She told her story with the help of a translator.

Doualy Xaykaothao / KERA News

Dallas and its new city manager put the finishing touches on his contract this week. A.C. Gonzalez is officially in the top job, after spending much of the last two decades working for his predecessors.

In this week’s Friday Conversation, Gonzalez talks about the challenges of the job, the size of his salary and how a longtime insider positions himself as “change agent.”

Doualy Xaykaothao / KERA News

When the Dallas City Council approved the contract for new city manager A.C. Gonzalez this week, it included a starting salary of $400,000 per year. That’s almost $100,000 more than his experienced predecessor, Mary Suhm. And it has at least one former council member asking questions.

City of Dallas

A national search ended up at home today when Dallas hired a new city manager. It’s A.C. Gonzalez, who was No. 2 to Mary Suhm, the former city manager, for more than a decade.


It took hours, behind closed doors, but Dallas City Council members narrowed their list from six candidates to three -- interim Dallas City Manager A.C. Gonzalez, former North Carolina county manager David Cooke, and Deanna Santana, a city administrator in California.

A second round of interviews will begin next week.


Dallas City Hall’s beef with Uber, the popular app-based limo service, has escalated into an internal investigation. The flap is over an update to the city’s limo ordinance restricting Uber’s service. It was slipped onto the city council agenda for a vote without any public discussion.

Kent Wang / flickr.com

Dallas City Hall is ramping up security after recent mass shootings in Connecticut, Colorado and elsewhere.

Dallas City Hall is buying a four million dollar band-aid for the city's sophisticated billing system. The system, purchased five years ago, has cost 15 million dollars MORE than anticipated.

Outside consultants have had to help city employees run it.

Council members have approved more than three million dollars for software upgrades and maintenance. They also approved a 900 thousand dollar, three-month contract extension for the private company to continue to run the system.