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Fraternal Order of Police against A.C. Gonzalez as Dallas city manager

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Sources tell FOX4 that A.C. Gonzalez will be the next city manager of Dallas.

The Dallas City Council had been considering three finalists: Interim City Manager Gonzalez, David Cooke, a retired county manager from north Carolina and Deanna Santana, a city administrator from Oakland.

The council is set to formally approve Gonzalez' hire at Tuesday's meeting. But the rumored choice is already generating opposition from a powerful group in Dallas – the Fraternal Order of Police.

The FOP said Gonzalez is one of the candidates on the group's do-not-want list for three reasons: pay, benefits and safety of employees.

"These are some important issues that affect our families, affect our job, affect the officers each and every day," said Fraternal Order of Police President Richard Todd.

The FOP wrote a letter to the council stating they "cannot in good conscious support the selection of A.C. Gonzalez."

Gonzalez has worked 15 years as an assistant city manager in Dallas.

Todd said as interim manager, Gonzalez did not work to restore salaries slashed during tough economic times. Todd said some officers are having problems with insurance and Gonzalez has made no effort to make police substations more secure.

Council members contacted by FOX4 did not call back or wouldn't comment on the apparent hiring of Gonzalez. A spokesman for Mayor Mike Rawlings said he was unavailable and he "won't be commenting about the search until after the Tuesday vote."

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