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Dallas city manager receives high praise

DALLAS — City Manager Ron Foggin's performance during his first year on the job has been given a glowing review by the Dallas City Council.    The council was so pleased with Foggin's accomplishments on Jan. 21 that it approved a 2 percent merit raise, retroactive to Jan. 2, a $2,500 increase to bring his total annual pay to $127,500.   Councilors completed Foggin's annual performance review in January, with Council President LaVonne Wilson and Councilor Jim Fairchild in charge of compiling evaluation comments from each councilor.   They said Foggin was given almost exclusively high marks on the review and, thus, the council felt the merit raise was warranted.    "I think because of the evaluation itself, the wonderful comments that were made, we wanted to recognize his efforts for this year," Wilson said.    Fairchild also noted marked improvement during his first year.    "There was a considerable step up between the six-month evaluation and one-year evaluation," he said. "There was a considerable jump in the score."   Wilson said another highlight was Foggin's communication with the council. She said all councilors appreciated the monthly meetings he schedules with each councilor to keep them updated and discuss concerns. His openness and clarity — particularly in financial reporting — has been key given Dallas' former city manager was convicted of stealing from the city.    "I think transparency was one of the big concerns of each councilor, and that has been accomplished," Wilson said.    Fairchild said he believes 2013 was just the first year of what he hopes will be a long run in Dallas for Foggin.   "We've had a history of having long-term city managers … and that's why we have a very stable city, so we look forward to that again," he said.


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