Dallas City Manager submits resignation, effective in June

February 23, 2024

Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax resigned this week, submitting his resignation to the City Council after seven years in the role.

Broadnax’s last day with the city will be June 3. He plans to continue managing operations and working with council and his leadership team while council conducts a national search for his replacement, he said in his resignation letter.

“I wish Dallas ongoing success,” Broadnax said.

The city manager reportedly resigned at the suggestion of the Dallas City Council, which previously considered firing him in June 2022 over his job performance on issues such as 9-1-1 call times and information security.

While he survived that effort, council said in a joint statement that the dynamic between Broadnax and Mayor Eric Johnson — who often butted heads — had “not been conducive to effective governance and the advancement of Dallas’s interests” and called his resignation “a necessary step towards fostering an environment conducive to maximizing the potential of our beloved city.”

“The dynamic between these key citywide figures has unfortunately hindered the realization of our city’s full potential, and it is imperative that we address this issue head-on in order to move forward,” the statement continued.

Dallas has a council-manager form of government, meaning the council is the ultimate decision-making authority and the city manager serves as an adviser to the mayor and council while overseeing all city departments and running day-to-day operations.

Broadnax was hired at the end of 2016 and officially started the role in 2017. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the city’s municipal government, with a $4.6 billion budget, around 13,100 employees, and over 40 departments. He’s also the city’s highest paid employee, making $423,246 a year, according to city records. His contract also includes a $700 monthly car allowance.

Council plans to hold a special meeting to discuss Broadnax’s resignation and a resolution to appoint Deputy City Manager Kim Tolbert as interim city manager for the city starting June 3 and until council appoints a new city manager, various sources reported.

Johnson acknowledged in a written statement that he and Broadnax “did not always see eye-to-eye” but “still worked together to move this city forward.”

“I will have more to say about a national search for the next city manager in the days ahead,” Johnson said. “I am excited about the future for my hometown. Dallas continues to move in the right direction — something that is not true of many other major cities.”

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Miles Smith

Miles Smith has more than two decades of communications experience in the public and private sectors, including several years of covering local governments for various daily and weekly print publications. His scope of work includes handling public relations for large private-sector corporations and managing public-facing communications for local governments.

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