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Former South Florida city manager says elected female officials ask many questions, don't want financial numbers


A man who until last month was the manager of a Broward County city told a Texas city council now made up mostly of women that he learned a few lessons when he worked for the all-female Lauderdale Lakes City Commission.

"You see women in leadership will have to interact with them in a different way," Jonathan Allen told the Austin City Council, according to the Austin American Statesman.

Women ask more questions than men, and don't want as many financial numbers, Allen said, according to a bullet-point summary reported by the newspaper. Apparently the Austin City Council felt it needed a two-hour training session about women leaders after an election resulted in a panel of seven women and four men -- a female majority for the first time.

Allen, by the way, was fired in April after four years in Lauderdale Lakes. No mention of his gender seems to have been made at his firing. His is the father of an 11-year-old daughter.