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Dallas City Council has named a temporary replacement for City Manager T.C. Broadnax when he resigns in June. Deputy City Manager Kimberly Bizor Tolbert will step in to the role on an interim basis until a permanent hire is made.
The decision was made in a Feb. 27 council meeting, following Broadnax's announcement days before that he will resign, effective June 3. He has been the city’s top administrative official for seven years.
“I am honored to accept the Dallas City Council’s appointment as interim city manager,” Bizor Tolbert says in a statement. “I remain committed to working in partnership with the council, staff, residents, and businesses, to ensure a seamless and efficient operation of city government during this transition.”
She began working for the city in 1998, first as the city manager’s assistant and later in the aviation department. She stopped working for the city from about 2008-2017, when she held executive roles with the North Texas Tollway Authority. In 2017, Broadnax hired her as his chief of staff.
Bizor Tolbert holds a master’s degree in public administration and bachelor’s degree in political science, both from the University of North Texas.
In her interim role, she plans to “remain laser focused” on issues such as the upcoming bond election, developing the next city budget, homelessness, and stabilizing police and fire pensions, per the statement.
“I support the city council's decision and believe that Kimberly Bizor Tolbert is more than qualified, capable, and committed to lead Dallas through this transition,” Broadnax says in a statement. “I am confident she will work in partnership with the city council and lead our talented and dedicated staff to serve our residents.”
Bizor Tolbert’s appointment was supported by all but two council members — Cara Mendelsohn and Paul Ridley voted against the decision, saying it felt rushed. Mayor Eric Johnson was not present for the vote, but he described “five necessary qualities” he wants to see in the next city manager in a Feb. 27 newsletter. He wants someone who “puts public safety first” and “prioritizes taxpayers.”