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City Manager Tommy Gonzalez: Irving Leaders ‘Need to Stop Eating Their Young’

Tommy Gonzalez
Tommy Gonzalez

From watching the Cowboys HQ flee for Frisco and the Byron Nelson golf tourney pull up stakes for Dallas, the city of Irving seems to be on a losing streak lately, as Eric discusses in the current issue of D Magazine. Now Tommy Gonzalez, the somewhat controversial Irving city manager, is speaking out about the troubling trend. In an interview with D CEO, Gonzalez—who will leave his post later this year after seven years—was asked what Irving’s leadership is lacking that might put the city on a more positive trajectory.

“They need to stop eating their young,” Gonzalez replied. “They need to stop leaking out information about themselves to the media, and making every minor issue a cesspool. And I think once they grow up from that mentality, Irving can do whatever it sets its mind to do. And I think it’s being stymied right now by virtue of a lack of clarity in that regard.” Has this been going on for awhile? “I think it’s been going on for quite some time,” Gonzalez said. “I think it’s really reached a fever pitch in the last three years.” The city manager then paused for a moment before adding, “I know I was very honest and blunt, but I think I’ve been quiet long enough.”