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July 02, 2012
DALLAS -- Dallas City Manager Jerry Wyatt resigned Monday morning in the face of a Dallas Police Department investigation.
Chief Deputy Tom Simpson said in a press release the investigation was regarding allegations of "inappropriate handling of city financial matters."
A report was made to police by city staff two weeks ago. Police officials subsequently informed Mayor Brian Dalton and the Dallas City Council of the allegations.
"A comprehensive, two-week long investigation by Dallas police is in progress and continues to develop," Simpson said.
The investigation is expected to conclude within another two weeks.
The announcement of Wyatt's resignation was made as the Itemizer-Observer was going to press Monday. A phone call to Wyatt asking for comment was not returned Monday morning.
Polk County District Attorney Stan Butterfield and Chief Deputy District Attorney Jenn Gaddis are working closely with the Dallas Police Department in conducting the investigation. It is ongoing.
"Additional information will be made available at the earliest opportunity, predicated on conclusion of a thorough criminal investigation," Simpson said.
Dalton announced Wyatt's resignation in open session during a special meeting of the Dallas City Council Monday morning. The announcement followed a lengthy executive session.
Wyatt was not present during the open session portion of the meeting.
The council voted Monday to appoint former assistant city manager Kim Marr as acting city manager. A search for a new city manager will ensue in the coming weeks.
"At this difficult time in the life of our close-knit community it is especially important that we focus on continuing to provide the excellent public service our citizens have come to expect and value," Dalton said in the announcement. "Our city government is strong and our citizens should have every confidence that we will move forward together."
More information on the investigation and Wyatt's resignation will appear in the July 11 edition of the Itemizer-Observer. Anyone with information they believe could be related to this matter is encouraged to contact Deputy Chief Simpson at 503-831-3516.