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Former City Manager Sheryl Sculley Opens Up About Fights With San Antonio Police, Fire Unions

San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley retired in early 2019 after holding the position for 13 years.
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San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley retired in early 2019 after holding the position for 13 years.

Sheryl Sculley retired in early 2019 after more than a decade managing the City of San Antonio and disagreements with its public safety unions that culminated in a campaign to change the City's charter and cast her as the villian in that years-long controversy.

Now, Sculley is opening up about her time in the position and fraught dealings with the San Antonio Police Officers Association and San Antonio Professional Fire Fighters Association.

Sculley wrote "Greedy Bastards: One City’s Texas-Sized Struggle To Avoid Financial Crisis" in part to respond to an account of the saga written by the police union's chief negotiator Ron DeLord, and to serve as a sort of playbook for other city administrators negotiating with their public safety unions.

What will Sculley's book reveal about her experience in one of the City's top positions? What were the highs and lows from her time as City Manager? 

How would she approach public safety budgeting and negotiations in the wake of a summer of racial reckoning and protests against police brutality? Will her book have any effect on the next round of talks with the San Antonio Police Union early next year? 

What does Sculley want to see happen in San Antonio post-pandemic? What does she see as the biggest challenges and opportunities on the road to recovery?

Guest: Sheryl Sculley, former San Antonio City Manager and author of "Greedy Bastards: One City's Texas-Sized Struggle to Avoid a Financial Crisis"

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*This interview was recorded on Thursday, August 13.

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