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.”