Broadnax IDs Officials Who Sought His Resignation

City Manager T.C. Broadnax
City Manager T.C. Broadnax | Image by City of Austin

City Manager T.C. Broadnax has identified the Dallas City Council members who asked him to resign back in February, according to a memo obtained by The Dallas Express.

“This memorandum is to advise you that per … my Agreement of Employment, I notified the City Council of my resignation from my position as City Manager, on February 21, 2024 following suggestions that I resign by a majority of the City Council,” Broadnax wrote to City Attorney Tammy Palomino on April 8. “… For your awareness and in the interest of transparency, please find below the City Council members referred to above and the dates that the suggestion to resign was made.”

According to Broadnax, those Dallas City Council members were:

  • Jaime Resendez (District 5) — February 14 around 8:15 a.m.
  • Jaynie Schultz (District 11) — February 14 around 8:15 a.m.
  • Adam Bazaldua (District 7) — February 16 around 10:30 a.m.
  • Gay Donnell Willis (District 13) — February 16 around 10:30 a.m.
  • Carolyn King Arnold (District 4) — February 20 around 6 p.m.
  • Paula Blackmon (District 9) — February 21 around 9:15 a.m.
  • Zarin Gracey (District 3) — February 21 around 12:15 p.m.
  • Chad West (District 1) — February 21 around 2 p.m.

“The updated effective date of my resignation is now the close of business May 2, 2024,” Broadnax wrote.

Broadnax was named Austin’s city manager on April 4, The Dallas Express has reported. He applied for the job four days following his announcement that he would leave the post in Dallas. He agreed to start work in Austin on May 6 — nearly a month before he was initially scheduled to leave his job at the helm of the City of Dallas.

After Dallas City Council members, Broadnax, and Mayor Eric Johnson repeatedly declined to answer questions from DX about how — and when — council members arrived at their decision, the news outlet filed a Texas Public Information Act request to determine the extent to which they may have violated the Texas Open Meetings Act.

Since Broadnax submitted his resignation on February 21, it has been reported that several Dallas City Council members orchestrated his ouster through private meetings, enabling Broadnax to receive a severance payout equal to his annual salary — more than $423,000 — under a provision in the employment agreement he signed in 2017.

Meanwhile, his employment agreement with the City of Austin provides he will receive a starting annual salary of $470,017.60, in addition to a $1,620.32 yearly cellphone allowance, a $7,000 annual executive allowance, and a $5,000-per-month housing allowance for up to six months.

Deputy City Manager Kimberly Tolbert will become interim city manager when Broadnax leaves the City of Dallas.

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