Office of the City Manager
DR. TARRON J. RICHARDSON, Ph.D. – City Manager
Dr. Tarron J. Richardson began his local government career as an intern for the City of Richmond, Virginia (Office of the City Manager). Dr. Richardson was accountable for preparing the legislative docket for the administration and managing City Council District projects. He was later promoted to the position of Assistant to the Chief Administrative Officer for Legislation. In 2005, Dr. Richardson was appointed to the position of Assistant City Manager for the City of Coatesville, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Richardson later returned to the City of Richmond to serve as Deputy Director of Public Utilities. As Deputy Director, Dr. Richardson worked in collaboration with a strategic management team that oversaw the utilities of gas, water, waste water and electric. One of his most notable achievements as Deputy Director was the establishment of Storm Water, which became the City's fifth utility.
In 2009, he departed from the City of Richmond to assume the role of Assistant City Manager for the All-America City of DeSoto, Texas. As Assistant City Manager, he was responsible for managing all City departments. In 2011, Dr. Richardson was appointed to his current position of City Manager and Chief Executive Officer for the City of DeSoto. As City Manager and Chief Executive Officer, he is responsible for managing the budget, City services and the annual goals set forth by the City Council.
Since his appointment to the position of City Manager, the City of DeSoto has significantly improved its financial health and stability. Under his leadership, the City of DeSoto was able to maintain a constant tax rate for four (4) consecutive years during strenuous economic times. Throughout this duration of time, the City of DeSoto also achieved two (2) bond rating upgrades from Standard and Poor's and Fitch IBCA, as well as an unprecedented growth in its fund reserves and revenue sources. Over the past three (3) fiscal years (2016 to 2018), he was able to reduce the tax rate by 1.75% and restore the original retirement contribution rate for employees back to 2:1 from 1.5:1. Moreover, the City of DeSoto has consistently received unqualified ("clean") audit opinions and various other awards for superior financial management since 2012. In addition to the aforesaid achievements, Dr. Richardson is also recognized for having multiple departments with national and State accreditation awards (Parks and Recreation, Police, Fire-Rescue, Library, Information Technology and Finance/Budget).
Dr. Richardson is an alumnus of Lincoln University where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree. He is also a graduate of Temple University where he received a Master of Education Degree and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Dr. Richardson serves as a Board Member for the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) and the North Central Texas Housing Finance Corporation (NCTHFC) and Texas Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies (TALHFA). He is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated (KAΨ).
Dr. Richardson can be contacted at email@example.com