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DALLAS -- The Dallas City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to hire Interim City Manager A.C. Gonzalez as city manager.

Gonzalez, 62, will be the city's 15th city manager and is a 15-year veteran of Dallas City Hall. He's been serving in an interim role since June, when Mary Suhm announced her resignation after eight years in the position.

Gonzalez was one of three finalists for the position, beating out Oakland, Calif. city administrator Deanna Santana and David Cooke, a retired county manager of Wake County, N.C. He previously served as first assistant city manager.

He will oversee 13,000 employees and a budget of nearly $3 billion.

While serving as the city manager's No. 2, Gonzalez helped get the Omni Dallas Convention Center Hotel green-lit and won a federal grant to fund a streetcar system. From 1995 to 1999, he was deputy superintendent and superintendent of the Austin Independent School District. Prior to that, he was the assistant city manager in Dallas and helped lease Dallas Stars Reunion Arena.

He has 32 years experience in public administration.

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