MAYOR-TO-MAYOR: ADVICE FOR THE NEW GUY

Once upon a time, Dallas was in the doldrums. Big time. Then a young rascal named Steve Bartlett came along and started to shake things up. Four years later (we’re talking 1991 – 1995) things were MUCH better. So I asked Mr. Bartlett, who now lives in Washington D.C., what Tom Leppert might find as his biggest challenges. Keep reading!

Steve Bartlett: “My biggest challenge was convincing various City Stakeholders (City Mgmt and employees, business leaders, general public) that we could change and obtain better results. Dallas had been “down” so long that many people believed the way things were were the way they had to be. Example, Dallas had suffered an increase in every category of violent crime in every single month for 20 years. So the first job was to convince all stakeholders that reductions could be obtained by different actions.”

Bartlett very much believes in Big D and its potential. Put succinctly he said, “Dallas does believe in itself if inspired to do so.”

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