Former DPD Chief ‘Strongly Considering’ Run For Mayor Of Dallas

DALLAS (KRLD/CBSDFW.COM) – A familiar name could be ready to run for mayor of Dallas.

Former Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle told KRLD Wednesday he’s “strongly considering” running for mayor. Current Mayor Tom Leppert announced earlier this month that he will not seek re-election.

Kunkle said he has experience working in every neighborhood in Dallas and he said he knows their needs. One stance he intends to campaign on is not raising taxes, saying the economic environment is not right for the move.

Other names being tossed around are Dallas council members Angela Hunt and Ron Natinsky.  The former chief said he plans to announce his decision after the Super Bowl.

Kunkle added that he had no plans to run until about 24 hours ago when he started making phone calls and weighing his options. The former police chief said he feels his name recognition within the city will be a huge asset. The 60-year-old retired last year.

“If I were to get elected, like all mayors, I would want to bridge the gap between North Dallas and South Dallas,” he said. “Economic development and creating a strong tax base is critical to the city.

Kunkle said he doesn’t have the money to run a long-term campaign and hopes his credentials as former police chief make up for that.

“The reality of being a police chief is that you share power with everybody,” he said. “You don’t make unilateral decisions. From the mayor, the city council, city manager, police unions, media and neighborhood groups, everything you do is evaluated and has to meet a certain test among all those groups.”

District 12 Councilman Ron Natinsky and Dallas-based attorney Jim Moore have announced their intention to run for mayor.

KRLD’s Mitch Carr and Scott Braddock speaking with Former Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle


One Comment

  1. A. Sanders says:

    Good deal. We could use someone with an effervescent personality and oratory skills like Mr. Kunkle.

  2. Rob Schlein says:

    I would not support Kunkle for his stance on ignoring burglar alarms on businesses. This policy caused a spike in property burglaries. The council forced the police department to respond to all alarms and this has helped the property crime rate.

    1. William Robert says:

      I have one question: Are you willing to pay for the police department when they respond to your false alarms? Everyone experiences false alarms, it’s part and parcel with having one. But if people aren’t willing to pay for the cost to cover all alarms (false and valid) then somethings got to give.

    2. Tom says:

      You might disagree with Kunkle on this issue, but you wouldn’t if you could realy see both sides of the issue! It costs many, many taxpayer dollars to respond to false alarms and an unbelievable number of them (less than 0.2% are real! Who should pay for those responses? All of the citizens or those who are part of the problem? It was a sound management decision.

  3. J. Dunn says:

    I wish Mr. Kunkle would run and I wish I lived in Dallas for I could vote for him…This man without question would be a great mayor….. He should write a manual / book for law enforcement management

  4. P1 dave says:

    Does he like this gig?

    1. P1 Duane says:

      Did he like being cheif of police?

      1. P1 dave says:

        That wasn’t the question. Does he like this job?

  5. Kathryn says:

    Go for it DC because you are the best candidate. You knows the city and especially the Police Chief. Dallas can be a great city again.
    Good Luck!

    1. waylon says:

      who is “DC”?

  6. W. Oden says:

    Good luck! Chief Kunkle…U’ll win “hands down.”

  7. Ed says:

    OK but is he a conservative Republican or liberal Democrat?

    1. Tom says:

      He is a long-time police chief! I know many police chiefs, but not one of them is really a democrat! Give me a break!

  8. Tom says:

    Kunkle has more leadership knowledge and ability that any other likely candidate! He is also well-known for his ethical approach in dealing with others. I won’t move to Dallas to vote for him, but I wish him well! I know many people who know Kunkle personally and not one of them has ever had a bad word to say about him! Who else can you say that about?

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