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Interim city manager A.C. Gonzalez promoted to city manager

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Dallas has a new city manager, but it won't be business as usual if council members get their way.

The Dallas City Council voted unanimously to hire interim city manager A.C. Gonzalez as its new top staffer.

He's been with the city more than a dozen years, and that's both a positive and a negative for the Dallas City Hall veteran.

Gonzalez overcame two other candidates and a potentially-damaging opinion from one of the city's largest police associations -- the mayor and city council received a letter from the Dallas Fraternal Order of Police saying they couldn't support the candidacy of Gonzalez.

The letter states that Gonzalez refused to reinstate the pay scale slashed during difficult economic times, and that the pay scale remains broken.

Gonzalez was to the point in his response to the letter.

"…Very difficult, if not impossible to please everybody," Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez overcame controversy he sparked for cracking down on upstart Uber, an app-based transportation company. He later apologized for the move.

City council members supported Gonzalez, but qualified it by calling for change at Dallas City Hall, all with a bit of humor while keeping him on a short leash.

"You gotta be crazy," said Dallas City Councilman Jerry Allen. "You gotta be crazy. You know, taking on this job."

"His number one priority in the new role will be to create more change than we've ever seen and that we could ever get from any of the other candidates,"  

Salary negotiations will take place over the next week -- that should take roughly a week.

As interim city manager, Gonzalez made $250,000 a year as of the summer of 2013. Predecessor Mary Suhm had been making a little more than $300,000.

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