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DALLAS (CBSDFW) – Dallas city residents Tuesday night got to meet the five candidates vying to be their next city manager.
Current assistant city manager Mark McDaniel is a familiar face, but most finalists for the top job are new to city hall regulars.
“I know nothing about them. I’ve read about them,” said Eulaine Hall, who said she wants to see an outside candidate chosen.
Steven Scott arrived prepared with a list of questions.
“There are very few directors that happen to be minorities. What are you going to do about that?…
What’s your view of Dallas right now? What’s your view of Dallas in the future and how are you going to make that happen realistically?” he said.
Candidates faced questions about the threat of bankruptcy, stray dogs, affordable housing and bridging the city’s north and south sectors.
CBS11 asked each of the candidates what distinguishes them from their competition.
“It’s really my ability to collaborate and bring people together to solve problems,” said T.C. Broadnax, who said he appreciates community engagement as current city manager for the city of Tacoma, Washington.
“My experience. I’ve done every aspect of city management. I’ve worked for the utility business. I have a very good handle on private enterprise. And, so I think I’m multi-faceted…” said Jelynne LeBlanc Burley, who runs her own company, the JLB Group.
“I decided 22 years ago that I wanted to be a city manager, went out, became a city manager in a smaller community – 10,000 people, graduated from that to a city of a 100,000 people, graduated from that to a city of 400 thousand people. And now here I am,” said Jim Twombly, current city manager for the City of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
“I’m very cognizant of being responsive to the citizens. That’s a hallmark of who I am and what I do. I got into city government to help people and that’s what I want to do every day. I’m all about helping people, being a part of the community,” said Maura Black Sullivan, current COO for the City of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Wednesday, each candidate will have an hour long interview with the full city council.
A special council meeting Friday will determine the next steps in the process.
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