The council will meet in executive session on Wednesday to mull Broadnax’s uncertain future with the city.
Johnson as well as council members Cara Mendelsohn, Paula Blackmon, and Gay Donnell Willis are calling for Broadnax to be fired for a number of problems, including the city’s troubled construction permitting process, data security concerns, and elongated wait times for 911 calls.
The mayor told local ABC affiliate WFAA last week that “it is time for a change in city management.”
“Council has made it clear in recent days that they also believe it is time for a change,” Johnson told the outlet. “We are ready to move forward and discuss how best to build for the future of our great city and its amazing people, and that is why I have placed the item on the City Council’s agenda for next week.”
On social media, Mendelsohn spoke to concerns raised by her constituents.
“EVERY resident, business owner, and association I have spoken with since the news broke has said it is long overdue for new management & direction in Dallas,” the councilwoman wrote. “Many have added that in 5+ years, they either haven’t met or heard from [Broadnax] or are routinely dismissed.”
Mendelsohn was responding to comments by Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX-30) that the city manager’s “unresponsiveness” is “unacceptable.”
However, The Dallas Morning News reported on Friday that council members Carolyn King Arnold, Jaime Resendez, Omar Narvaez, and Paul Ridley are opposed to firing Broadnax at this time.
In a statement of his own on Friday, Broadnax seemed to downplay the special meeting of the city council by characterizing it as routine.
“Periodic performance review is critical to me and all City employees to demonstrate progress and ensure transparency for our residents, taxpayers, and stakeholders,” Broadnax remarked in a news release.
“I am proud of the hard work which has led to accomplishment of many goals related to the City Council’s eight strategic priorities, and look forward to sharing the R.E.A.L. impact we continue to make to improve the lives of Dallas residents in ways that are responsible, equitable, accountable, and legitimate, together as One Dallas.”
Members of the Dallas City Council serve two years terms; consequently, all council members seeking reelection will face voters in the May 2023 municipal contests. Johnson’s term also expires next year.
A copy of the Dallas City Council’s agenda for Wednesday, June 15 can be found below.
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Hayden Sparks is a senior reporter for The Texan and a lifelong resident of the Lone Star State. He has coached competitive speech and debate and has been involved in politics since a young age. One of Hayden's favorite quotes is by Sam Houston: "Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may."