On Thursday, March 4th, Mayor, Rachel L. Proctor picked up the mantle from her DeSoto predecessors and conducted her first Mayor’s Quarterly 360° meeting via Zoom.
“I am proud to carry on this fine DeSoto tradition which promotes dialogue with our homeowners' associations and encourages us to work together to solve problems,” observed Mayor Rachel Proctor. “Though we only meet for an hour at a time, four times a year, we are able to accomplish a tremendous amount involving issues that really make a difference in the lives of our residents.”
Mayor Proctor was joined by Mayor Pro-Tem Nicole Raphiel, City Councilmembers Dr. Dinah Marks and Letitia Hughes, City Manager Brandon Wright, Deputy City Managers Isom Cameron, and Kristoff Bauer, Deputy City Secretary Alicia Thomas, DeSoto Parks & Recreation Chief Chris Glover, Police Chief Joe Costa, Fire Chief Jerry Duffield, Development Services Managing Director Crystal Owens, Utility Services Managing Director Louis Martinez, and several other officials to discuss residents questions and comment about citywide clean-up efforts, the winter storm, improved pavement markings, traffic calming measures, better project signage, and one resident’s desire to bring in a Trader Joes. Participants also praised online information including the City Manager’s Weekly Report and daily COVID Updates.
The Mayor’s Quarterly 360° meetings began under Mayor Carl Sherman as a way to maintain ongoing dialogue with DeSoto’s HOA’s. Sherman’s successor, Curtistene S. McCowan, proudly carried on this tradition until her death during her second term, and then-Mayor Pro Tem Kenzie Moore stepped in on her behalf to conduct the December 2020 meeting. The 360° Term relates to the face-to-face contact afforded by the table layout and the vast number of issues normally covered during the one-hour meeting.
The next Mayor’s Quarterly 360°will be held via Zoom on Thursday, June 3, 2021, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm.