Information Technology

DeSoto wins 2016 national Digital Cities award

The Center for Digital Government announced that DeSoto is one of 10 cities nationwide in the under 75,000 population category that is recognized for using technology to improve citizen services, enhance transparency and encourage citizen engagement.

"Over the past six years, our ultimate goal has been to create an unprecedented level of financial transparency and technology that will significantly improve processes in an effort to enhance our public services,” said DeSoto City Manager Tarron Richardson, Ph.D. “I am extremely proud of the hard work, due diligence and dedication of our IT Department for continuously pursuing the latest and greatest innovations in technology which enabled our City to achieve this prestigious award."


The Public Technology Institute announced that DeSoto won the 2017 Technology Solutions Significant Achievement Award in the Web and E-gov category for innovations implemented in the Municipal Court. This annual program recognizes PTI member local governments for their  use of technology to enhance government services and operations.

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IT Department Responsibilities

  • Manages various interconnected local-area networks that form the City’s wide-area network, the backbone of the infrastructure that allows data sharing between all City facilities
  • Oversees a number of file, application, web, e-mail and domain controller servers used to direct information flow across the networks
  • Acts in an advisory and project management capacity for departmental technology purchases used to streamline work flow and improve productivity
  • Provides first-, second-, and third-level technical support for all software and hardware issues
  • Installs, maintains and repairs IT equipment, such as workstations, servers and network / telecommunications hardware
  • Manages the telephone and voicemail systems for all buildings; these include a mixture of digital and IP-based platforms
  • Administers a revolving technology replacement program that ensures scheduled replacement of hardware such as desktop computers and servers before they become obsolete
  • Creates and maintains the City’s web presence, including social media, to promote transparency  
  • Analyzes emerging technology and determines how and when its application becomes relevant and cost effective to City business
  • Manages a fleet of over 200 mobile devices, including phones, tablets and air cards, using an Enterprise Mobility Management solution for provisioning, tracking and supervising city-owned devices
  • Schedules and hosts classroom training for City employees for a range of applications  


  • The IT department is headed by an IT Director who reports to the Assistant City Manager
  • Staff is comprised of four full time staff members 
  • The department manages roughly 375 computers and 40 servers spread across 10 discrete buildings:
  • Town Center, including the Recreation / Civic Center and the Public Library
  • Police Department
  • Three Fire Stations
  • Fire Training Academy
  • Municipal Service Center
  • Water Pumping Station
  • Senior Center
  • Moseley Pool