Longtime DeSoto Parks Chief Will Fill-In Following Tarron Richardson’s Departure
Mayor Curtistene S. McCowan and the DeSoto City Council have selected M. Reneé Johnson to serve as the City of DeSoto’s Interim City Manager. Johnson has been serving as the City of DeSoto’s Managing Director of Parks & Recreation and will fill the vacancy being created by the departure of longtime City Manager Dr. Tarron J. Richardson, who is moving to Charlottesville, Virginia, to be their next City Manager.
“Anyone who knows Reneé is aware that she is a dynamic and creative person who knows how to get things done in the most efficient and impressive way,” noted Mayor McCowan. “Her appointment as Interim City Manager is great news for the people of DeSoto and Reneé and the entire DeSoto team is committed to managing City business with a spirit of excellence.”
M. Reneé Johnson has spent nearly three decades leading parks and recreational operations in four different cities including Dallas. Johnson came to Desoto in 2007 and during her tenure here has managed and leveraged her resources efficiently to allow for the expansion of cultural events, educational enrichment programs, community partnerships, targeted teen recreation, increased volunteerism, and placing a major emphasis on programs and activities for seniors. In 2016, Johnson led DeSoto’s Parks and Recreation Department to the coveted accreditation recognition for excellence from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).
“I’ve served as a director in DeSoto City Government since 2007, and in that time have built some very solid relationships with all of our main stakeholders and, of course, DeSoto’s senior management team.” noted incoming Interim-City Manager Reneé Johnson. “We’ve accomplished a tremendous amount by working as a team on DeSoto’s behalf and we look forward to continuing to work as a team to make a difference in our great city block by block and day by day!”
Johnson replaces Dr. Tarron Richardson, who served as DeSoto’s City Manager since 2011 and is credited with implementing a major financial overhaul of City Government while strengthening DeSoto’s municipal workforce and taking the lead on numerous successful economic development projects.
“DeSoto has been most fortunate to have Dr. Richardson as our City Manager for all these years and we wish him our best in his new role as the City Manager of Charlottesville.” Mayor McCowan added, “While he has set the bar high for his replacement, we are confident that as Interim City Manager Reneé Johnson will continue to move our city forward and maintain the growth and positive momentum that DeSoto residents and visitors have come to expect.”
Johnson formally became DeSoto’s Interim City Manager at 12:01 AM Saturday, May 4, 2019.