Dallas Police Chief's Absence Was Poorly Communicated, City Manager Says

A month after Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall went on medical leave, taking City Council members and cops and citizens by surprise, Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax said Thursday he has no timeline for her return.Broadnax, Hall's boss, said the chief is "OK" and that she "will come back when she's 100 percent ready to come back." He said he couldn't and wouldn't get more specific than that. Hall's return to duty, said the city manager, is "between her and her doctors and her own personal well-being."But the city manager acknowledged that he could have — and should have — done a better job letting people know that the city's police chief planned to be absent for an indefinite period of time. A department statement last month said Hall had a "major surgery." Police this year have battled an uptick in violent crime, and are now receiving highly publicized help from state troopers.  Continue reading...

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