City council and public weigh in on Childers' 911 calls

City council and public weigh in on Childers' 911 calls
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AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Most of the Amarillo community has been talking about how Interim City Manager Terry Childers addressed the 911 dispatchers in recordings released last week.

It was during public comment where people lined up to give their opinion on those 911 recordings. While some would like to forgive and move on, others are asking for punishment.

Before public comment started this evening, Childers spoke to room regarding those 911 calls.

"I made statements with an intensity and a tone which are not consistent with the high standards I've set for myself and anyone associated with Amarillo City government, " said Childers. "I regret the manner in which I handled this situation on a very personal level."

Childers received a standing ovation for his apology and many expressed their appreciation for it.

"I appreciate you," said one Amarillo resident. "We all make mistakes, I forgive."

Others commented saying he manned up and has done a very good job as city manager. However, others were not so forgiving.

"An apology does not remove the fact of what he said or did," said an Amarillo resident.

More people add that Childers came across intimidating, as a bully, and should not be abusive to those dispatchers.

Council member Brian Eades and Mayor Harpole both say they were  disturbed by the 911 calls but respect Childers' apology. The plan now is to discuss as a group what to do next.

"As a council we will sit down, boil down what we think the central issue is, how we feel about it, and what's appropriate way to move forward," said Eades.

"Knowing what I know today, I would like to forgive and move on, "said Mayor Harople. "I think there is too much good."

During public comment, other people questioned if 911 dispatchers know how to do their job effectively and there were also issues brought up about race.

The city plans to discuss these topics in upcoming meetings.

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