Dear City of Dallas employees:
We both know that you are in a very uncomfortable position when it comes to City Council. By law, you cannot take an active role in any municipal political campaign. You can vote for a Mayor or City Council member, but you can’t sign a petition for a candidate, endorse a candidate, or even put a yardsign out on your lawn.
Back in Philadelphia, where BD grew up, city employees were required to live in the City in order to keep their job. Police officers were required to live in the city too, but not in the same district they patrolled (with nearly 50 districts, it was easy to avoid being assigned to your own neighborhood).
But in Texas, it's illegal to impose any residency requirements to live in the City unless you are above a certain executive level like Assistant City Manager or Chief of a Police Division. BD cannot name one Dallas police officer below the rank of chief who lives in the City limits (chief’s don’t have that luxury). And he can only think of five or six firefighters who live in the city.
When it comes to City Staff - the guys who write the code citations, inspect the new buildings, catch the stray dogs or answer the 311 line - it’s a big mix. BD knows of at least three high-ranking staffers who live in or around Lowest Greenville alone. By one unofficial estimate, nearly 1,000 city employees live in District 14’s boundaries.
This letter is directed to those 1,000 city employees.