Dallas Fire Association Supports Fire of City Manager TC Broadnax
The head of the Dallas Fire Fighters Association said the group supported the firing of City Manager TC Broadnax this week, saying he made decisions throughout his time that hampered the safety of workers and residents.
Jim McDade, DFA Chairman in a letter to city council members on Sunday cited pay issues and poor conditions at fire stations, along with fire trucks and other equipment as reasons for “seeking a change of direction at the helm of the city of Dallas.”
“[Broadnax’s] the tenure was marked by missteps and failures that strained all firefighters,” McDade wrote. “On the City of Dallas’ website, the motto ‘committed to building a culture of service first’ prominently features its page and service first is not how Dallas Fire members have been treated.”
The Dallas City Council is scheduled to meet Wednesday to discuss Broadnax’s job performance, with disciplining or firing the city’s top administrative official among the options on the table. Mayor Eric Johnson asked council to fire Broadnax, which has run the city’s day-to-day operations since 2017.
Johnson and other council members cited recurring issues with the city’s licensing process, information technology office and 911 call center and delays in garbage and recycling collection among why the city should consider dismissing Broadnax.
Four council members said The Dallas Morning News on Friday, they support keeping Broadnax, saying it’s easy to work with, emphasize reducing historical and systemic disparities in the city, and making progress on issues with Dallas’ building permit system, which they consider to be the biggest flaw on his record.
According to the association’s letter, McDade said about a dozen fire engines did not have working air conditioning over the weekend, subjecting workers to 100-degree heat inside and out. outside their vehicles. The department has fewer than the 10 mechanics it should to help fix vehicles and has no spare parts “because it takes the city months and months to pay a simple bill.”
McDade also cited a recent lawsuit that police and fire unions filed against the city over compensation issues and noted that building permit delays were slowing the rebuilding of fire stations destroyed by a 2019 tornado and a another station with foundation problems.
“The equipment we depend on to protect citizens lacks basic preventative maintenance, leading to breakdowns and some fire stations don’t have equipment to cover that area of the city,” McDade said.
A majority of council, eight of 15 members, is needed to remove Broadnax as city manager. In the event of dismissal, Broadnax would be entitled to a lump sum payment equal to his annual salary, plus health care coverage for a full year, in accordance with his contract. His salary is $410,919.
Broadnax’s review will come a week before the board was already due to discuss its annual review on June 23.