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Woman fired after criticizing city manager hired by councilman

Becky Padilla is new District 7 community action coordinator

SAN ANTONIO – Becky Padilla has been hired as the new community action coordinator for District 7 Councilman Cris Medina, his office announced Monday.

Padilla lost her job last Monday after she started an online petition calling for City Manager Sheryl Sculley's termination. The petition was in connection to the ongoing and bitter fight between the city and police union over health care benefits.

"I'm very excited to get started and it was a blessing to get the call. They showed confidence in my ability and work ethic and so I'm excited to help the councilman's team and keep serving the community," Padilla said.

Before she lost her paid position, Padilla was let go from her volunteer job with the San Antonio Police Department. She said the last week has been surreal, but she's ready to move on and get to work.

"It's been a roller coaster. Everything has been happening one after another so this is very positive," she said.

In a statement to KSAT 12, Medina said, "Becky has long demonstrated a true dedication to our community and to the families that call San Antonio home. She has been an asset to this city and we are fortunate to have her on the District 7 staff. Public safety and code compliance are major issues that I know she will be truly helpful with."

San Antonio Police Union President Michael Helle said he is happy for Padilla and believes she will make an excellent community action coordinator.

Padilla said she will start work Nov. 25.