May, 2020 www.desototexas.gov
DeSoto City Lights A Publication of the City of DeSoto Community Relations Department Council Approves Early Start For New City Manager Although city hall is closed as a part of the coordinated effort to combat the spread of Coronavirus (COVID‐19), city government remains working behind the scenes to deliver essenƟal services and to keep DeSoto moving forward. On March 26th, the DeSoto City Council held a special meeƟng via Telephone Conference to approve an amendment to the employment agreement with incoming City Manager Brandon Wright. The amendment permiƩed him to begin his new job two and one‐half weeks ahead of schedule and allowed Interim City Manager Reneé Johnson to return to her previous post as Director of DeSoto Parks & RecreaƟon.
Brandon Wright has more than fourteen years of local government experience and served as the City of Davenport, Iowa’s chief financial officer and assistant city manager before coming to DeSoto. He was Davenport’s, finance director from
2012 to 2016, and budget manager from 2010 to 2012. Wright also worked in local government in Illinois where he was budget analyst for the City of Aurora. Brandon holds a master's degree in public administraƟon from Northern Illinois University and a bachelor's degree in communicaƟons from Brigham Young University. He graduated from Harvard University's State and Local Government ExecuƟve Program and is a cerƟfied public finance officer.
“DeSoto’s new City Manager, Brandon Wright, is assuming his post at one of the most challenging Ɵmes in our history. We greatly appreciate his willingness to join the fight earlier than anƟcipated and stepping in to help move our city forward,” noted Mayor CurƟstene S. McCowan. “On behalf of the Council, I want to offer my sincere graƟtude to Reneé Johnson, who took the reigns as our interim City Manager and who served Ɵrelessly through some very difficult Ɵmes. I predict that DeSoto’s parks and faciliƟes will become even bigger venues once the current crisis has passed, so it will be great to have Reneé in place to make sure that everything is perfect for the return of our residents.” DeSoto’s City Hall Complex has been closed to the public since March 23rd as part of a coordinated effort to combat the spread of COVID‐19, but senior managers and key staff have remained on‐duty at City Hall or on a remote basis from their homes to coordinate essenƟal service delivery and maintain office operaƟons.
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