By Associated Press - Friday, March 4, 2016

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) - A Texas Panhandle city manager has apologized for becoming angry with 911 operators while reporting a briefcase missing from his hotel room.

Terry Childers has been living at a hotel while serving as Amarillo’s interim city manager. At a news conference Friday, he said he had left his briefcase, containing his wallet, in the hallway outside the door to his room when his key card failed to work and he had to return to the front desk to have it reprogrammed.

After the incident, Childers revamped Amarillo’s 911 center and placed it under police and fire department oversight. He said that after the tape of the call was leaked Feb. 24, he received a racially charged telephone call and considered resigning. Upon reflection, though, he decided to remain.

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