Office of the City Manager


DR. TARRON J. RICHARDSON, Ph.D. – City Manager

Dr. Tarron J. Richardson began his career in public service with the City of Richmond, Virginia as an Intern for the Office of the City Manager.  As an Intern, he was responsible for addressing service requests from citizens and the Richmond City Council.  Dr. Richardson was later promoted to serve in the interim capacity of Assistant to the City Manager where he was accountable for preparing the legislative docket for the administration and managing City Council District projects.  Prior to his departure from the City of Richmond to assume the positions of Assistant City Manager and Acting City Manager of the City of Coatesville, Pennsylvania, Dr. Richardson was appointed to the position of Assistant to the Chief Administrative Officer for Legislation.

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, wastewater and electricity.  One of his most notable achievements as Deputy Director was the establishment of the City’s fifth utility, storm water.

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.  With the retirement of the City Manager 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.             

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 is a member of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated (KAΨ).

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