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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – It’s the first day on the job for the new Dallas City Manager and he’s got a lot of pressing issues to weigh in on. T.C. Broadnax was most recently the city manager in Tacoma, Washington and says he’s no stranger to tackling big issues.
CBS 11 News spoke with Broadnax late last year and he said he wants to hit the ground running, finding solutions to current problems like the police and fire pension fund, the stray dog problem, the homeless population and city street repairs. Although, his first day will be mostly spent settling in at City Hall.
While in Dallas for the final interview process, to replace retiring City Manager A.C. Gonzalez, Broadnax scoped out the city and checked out South Dallas and Fair Park. At the time, he said he was disappointed in the condition of some of the surrounding neighborhoods and had hopes to improve them.
While short-term solutions could be the answer for some issues, Broadnax said he’s also focused “down the road” and will put in place a long-term strategic plan.
“Finding a way to share with the community that we might not be able to get it all done in one year or two years, but here is our plan that takes me out five to 10 years, that hopefully, when we get to the other side, you can say ‘job well done city.'”
Broadnax was credited with fixing big budget deficits in Washington state. In Dallas he will oversee an annual budget of more than $3 billion to run a city with some 1.3 million residents.
Dallas City Council members are excited and curious about Broadnax’s plans, hoping that his experience and humble attitude will pay off. “We as a council and the mayor have unanimously decided that we want to get behind him and want the residents of the City of Dallas to do the same thing,” said council member Casey Thomas.
“One of the things that I was impressed about was the fact that, on his own dime, Mr. Broadnax came down here and met with all of us, that we call pre-engagement meetings, with us,” Thomas added. “We took him out and met with people in our district.”
While Broadnax is new to the City of Dallas this is not his first time working in Texas – he was the Assistant City Manager in San Antonio from 2006 to 2012.
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