DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Mary Suhm has decided to call it a career. In a note to the Dallas City Council on Thursday, the Dallas City Manager reported that she is stepping down from her position later this year.
Suhm has worked for the City of Dallas for 35 years, with the past eight of them being in the City Manager position. Just two years ago, she told CBS 11 News, "I know it's a tough job, but I love this job and I am so lucky to be able to do it."
Suhm said that she will step down as soon as the upcoming budget preparations are over.
The outgoing City Manager has played a significant role in expanding the downtown Dallas area, the creation of the new convention center hotel, an increase in public safety and progress along the Trinity River corridor. Suhm also worked to find assistance and housing for thousands of Hurricane Katrina evacuees as they retreated to Dallas after the storm.
Although she occasionally got into arguments with city council members, Mayor Mike Rawlings said that one Suhm's greatest accomplishments was building a winning team and working as a team player. "We've got great city employees," Rawlings said on Thursday, "very good culture, and I think people are really saddened and hurt about seeing her go."
Rawlings said that Suhm came to this decision on her own, and will stay with the city in an untitled position through the end of the year to help with ongoing projects. Assistant City Manager A.C. Gonzalez will temporarily replace Suhm until a permanent appointment is made.
Suhm said, "My city service has been a privilege and a joy."
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