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History of the Office
First City Manager
Settled in 1847, DeSoto was officially incorporated in 1949.  DeSoto's first city manager, Dewayne White, was hired in 1964 to serve as both the City Manager and the City Inspector.

Increased Responsibilities
As the City has grown over the years, the Office of the City Manager has expanded to include an Assistant City Manager, Administrative Assistant to the City Manager, Community Relations Manager, Community Initiatives Manager, Health Inspector, and a Customer Service Representative.

Past City Managers:
The tenure of the position of city manager is:
Dewayne White 1964-1970
Jim Pratt 1970-1973
Joel Larkin 1973-1977
Dorothy Talley 1977-1981
Cliff Johnson 1981-1984
Jim McAlister 1984-1985
Kerry Sweatt 1985-1987
Mark Sowa 1987-1992
Ed Brady* 1992-1993
Gary Whittle* 1993-1994
Ron Holifield 1994-1996
Bill Lindley* 1996-1997
Jim Baugh 1997-2011
Tarron Richardson, PhD 2011-present 
*Denotes individual serving as the interim city manager

The City Charter was approved by voters in 1949. DeSoto operates under a home rule, council-manager form of government. Under this type of local government, the day-to-day management of the city is directed by a city manager.

See Also
History of Desoto |