Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas, Volume 16, Number 01, Spring, 2004 Page: 15
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popularity with voters and his appeal to the
common man, but with much trepidation, the
CCA endorsed Adoue for mayor. Adoue and the
entire CCA ticket swept the election and J.B.
Adoue,Jr., after leading the effort to make it possible,
became Dallas's first directly elected mayor
in twenty-two years.
Adoue's term as mayor became known both
for its successes and controversies. Adoue intensified
his rebellion against the "stuffed-shirt"
atmosphere he perceived in city government and
tried to exert a strong hand as mayor. He immediately
damaged his relationship with City
Manager Charles Ford by calling for his resignation
even prior to his first city council meeting
as mayor. As with many issues and votes during
his term, the council voted 8-1 against Adoue
when he pressed the council to fire Ford as City
Manager. Mayor Adoue also battled against
Police Chief Carl Hansen, accusing him of various
improprieties and inefficiencies and
demanding an investigation and his resignation.
Adoue lost this fight as well, when a citizens
committee appointed by the council exonerated
the chief and his department.
Although constantly clashing with his city
council colleagues and being out-voted on many
issues, the outspoken Adoue was able to build
consensus and exercise effective leadership resulting
in several key achievements during his term.
Adoue and the council won voter approval for the
city's largest ever capital improvement bond program,
totaling $49.9 million.A separate and somewhat
controversial $12.5 million bond program to
expand and improve Love Field, championed by
Adoue, also passed. Sites were selected and land
was purchased for a new city hall, library and
municipal auditorium during Adoue's term, and
the city council continued to expand Dallas's
boundaries by annexing large surrounding areas.
The turbulence of Adoue's two-year term as
mayor sparked tension and controversy as city
elections loomed in 1953. Adoue began preparing
to run for re-election, even hinting that he
As mayor of Dallas, J. B. Adoue championed the expansion of Love Field.
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