Former San Antonio city manager on new book, ‘Greedy Bastards’

Sheryl Sculley's book provides information on her time as city manager and serves as guide for other city managers


SAN ANTONIO – Sheryl Sculley, the former city manager of San Antonio, surely has people’s attention with the title of her new book, “Greedy Bastards: One City’s Texas-sized Struggle to Avoid a Financial Crisis.”

Sculley, who served as city manager from 2005 to 2019, helped champion new labor contracts with the police and firefighter unions.

“Well, trying to change the 25 year old union contracts that had been in place for a very long time was a hardball experience. And I think the title reflects that,” Sculley said.

Sculley said the cost of the contracts would have eventually consumed “100% of the city’s general fund budget” in 2031 if nothing was changed.

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The collective bargaining agreement with the San Antonio Police Officers Association, which was approved in 2016, saved the city and taxpayers more than $100 million, Sculley said. The contract expires on Sept. 30, 2021.

The San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association’s collective bargaining agreement expires on Dec. 31, 2024.

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