As of Wednesday, January 31, 2018
DALLAS — The Dallas City Council will discuss Interim City Manager Greg Ellis’ contract, including possibly removing the “interim” label and making him the city’s permanent leader.
Ellis took over in early December after former manager Ron Foggin was dismissed, and the council hasn’t had an in-depth discussion of how, or whether, the city should look for a replacement.
The council had a brief debate at a meeting before Christmas about beginning a search, but councilors disagreed about how soon that should start.
“The discussion came up of looking for a new city manager, and there were differences of opinion on how that should proceed,” Ellis said. “Some said let’s do it immediately, some said let’s keep Greg on for a while.”
To help the council decide how to move forward, Ellis spoke with all the councilors individually about taking over the job permanently. He said there still was some disagreement, so he suggested the topic be hashed out a council meeting.
Monday, the council will discuss his contract and the permanent option further at its regular meeting at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 187 SE Court St. Currently his contract is at-will and pays him $12,000 per month.
“My good either way, whatever the council wants to do,” Ellis said. “I’m excited about the possibilities here. There’s a lot of stuff going on.”
He said he’s interested in helping get the new Dallas Senior Center project breaking ground — either behind the Carnegie Building or at the former armory site (see related story page 1A) — and redevelopment of the Carnegie Building itself.
Since retiring from the city of Canby, Ellis has filled in as a temporary manager for cities between leaders. He also served as a part-time economic development consult for Dallas before the city hired full-time Economic Development Director A.J. Foscoli.
“I’m just a slow learner,” Ellis joked about his busy retirement. “Actually, my wife is still working and she’s really loving it this year. She’s got a great class, she a teacher. She’s going to give it this year and at least one more.”
He isn’t in a hurry to quit working either.
“This is more fun, being in the middle of all this stuff,” Ellis said. “I enjoy the heck out of it.”