Honorable Curtistene Smith McCowan was elected the 21st Mayor of DeSoto on May 7, 2016 – the first woman to hold the office. She has served on the DeSoto City Council since May, 2012, serving as Mayor Pro Tem from 2014 to 2016; during this same time period, she chaired the Audit and Finance Committee. Prior to winning a seat on the City Council, she served five years on the DeSoto Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, where she held the positions of Internal Audit Chair, Vice President and served four years as President.
Mayor McCowan has made significant contributions to the advancement of education at the local, state and national levels. From October, 2007 until May, 2015, she served on the Texas Southern University (TSU) Board of Regents. The first African-American elected to public office in DeSoto, when she won a seat on the DeSoto ISD Board of Trustees in 1990, she served two three-year terms as a School Board Trustee -- two of those years as President. In 2000, Ms. McCowan was elected as the Charter President of the DeSoto ISD Education Foundation Board of Directors and has served on the Executive Committee since 2001. In honor of her 30+ years of volunteer service, in 2007, DeSoto ISD named and dedicated the “Curtistene S. McCowan Middle School.” She is the recipient of numerous other awards and honors including the Texas Legislative Black Caucus Outstanding Texan Award.
Mayor McCowan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Dallas Baptist University and an Associates Degree in Business Management from El Centro College. She was the Senior Investigator for the Federal Trade Commission’s Southwest Regional Office for over 18 years. After more than 32 years of meritorious service, Ms. McCowan retired from the federal government in 2005.