Councilman Greg Brockhouse addresses the media during a recent meeting at the fire union's headquarters building.
In yet another
dramatic smoke signal hinting at a mayoral run, Councilman Greg Brockhouse has called on San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley to resign.
During a Thursday press conference held by the city's fire union, Brockhouse suggested voters' approval of a charter amendment
limiting future city managers' salary and tenure means they want Sculley out.
"I think San Antonio is ripe for change," Brockhouse said, according to a KSAT-TV report
. "Sheryl has been successful, and I will never take that away from her, but I think the power has become absolute."
Brockhouse is the sole city council member who supported a trio of charter amendments the fire union placed on Tuesday's ballot — one of which reins in future city manager pay. The measures were largely viewed as payback for the union's long-running contract dispute with the city, which has resulted in lawsuits and countersuits.
Voters also approved an amendment giving the union unilateral ability to force contract disputes with the city into binding arbitration. However, they balked at a third that would make it easier for citizens to overrule council via public referendums.
Brockhouse, who once consulted for the firefighters, has been an outspoken critic of both Sculley and current Mayor Ron Nirenberg. Both the city manager and mayor took a hard line on the fire union’s evergreen clause, which keeps the labor contract in place for 10 years after its expiration.
In a press statement, Nirenberg said he understood voters' concern about the city manager's compensation and urged firefighters to come back to the negotiating table.
"The public has had enough of overheated posturing from politicians," Nirenberg said in a press statement. "I am working to continue moving our city forward with the direction the voters have given us."
Stay on top of San Antonio news and views. Sign up for our Weekly Headlines Newsletter.