DALLAS (CSBDFW.COM) – Startling allegations from Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings.
He accused some city council members of staging a political coup to oust the police chief in a memo to council members.
It accused three sitting council members of secretly meeting with the city manager demanding Chief Brown’s resignation by the end of the day on Wednesday.
Sources told CBS 11 News that as many as nine city council members were on board at one point to pressure the city manager to fire the chief.
Dallas Police Chief David Brown has led the department through several years of reductions in crime.
But the rise of response times and lower morale among officers has been simmering for months.
Mayor Mike Rawlings sent a memo to the council accusing three members of violating the city charter by secretly meeting with City Manager A.C. Gonzalez and instructing him to quote “obtain the employee’s resignation by the end of that day.”
That was a no no according to the mayor who admonished them for violating the city’s charter.
“They went concerned about this employees future and wanted that resignation by the end of the year both individuals told me that and I said you know what that’s not how we are supposed to do it in the charter,” says Rawlings.
Sources said the council members Rawlings was referring to are Adam Medrano, Scott Griggs and Erik Wilson.
The mayor also gave Chief Brown a vote of confidence suggesting that his job is safe.
“I tell you what as far as I’m concerned Chief David Brown is one of the greatest chiefs of police in United States of America,” says Rawlings.
Councilmember Adam Medrano who defended the meeting and insists it was not a violation of the city charter.
“The mayor wasn’t’ there, at no time did the words fire, terminate or resignation ever come up,” he said.
Medrano said it was a meeting to address concerns about Brown’s leadership.
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