Carl Sherman - Mayor, City of DeSoto

Carl O. Sherman, Sr. is the 20th Mayor (re-elected for a second term) – and the first African-American Mayor – of DeSoto, Texas.  Sherman was elected Mayor in May 2010 and re-elected in May of 2013 on a platform of bringing new jobs and businesses to DeSoto and revitalizing the downtown area.  Under his leadership, the city has launched an aggressive new focus on generating economic development centered on attracting quality jobs to DeSoto; such as the new Kohl’s e-commerce distribution center that will employ over 2,000 people.  The City’s economic development standing with Governor Perry’s Texas One economic development corporation has been upgraded from a tier 5 to the second highest tier 2, in which only two other North Texas cities maintain.  In line with this vision, the city has recently had its bond rating upgraded to AA with Fitch.
 
Sherman has been a community advocate for many years, both as an elected official and a private citizen.  First elected to the DeSoto City Council in 2006, his fellow council members elected him as Mayor Pro-tem in 2008 and 2009.  Prior to serving on the City Council, Sherman served as the SPAC chairman of the city’s $32 million general obligation bond in 2003, which voters overwhelmingly approved.  Sherman also serves as an executive member of the Dallas Regional Mobility Coalition Board and the TEX-21 Subsidiary of River of Trade, Agile Port and Trans-Texas Corridor.
 
Sherman has served the community in many other capacities, again as the first African-American in the position.  Some of these positions include President of the DeSoto Rotary Club, Board Chairman of the DeSoto Chamber of Commerce (2006), Chairman of the business and government affairs committee (2002), and Board Chairman of the Best Southwest Chamber of Commerce (2007).  The Best Southwest Chamber is comprised of the mayors for the four partner cities – DeSoto, Cedar Hill, Duncanville and Lancaster – and the associate cities of Ferris, Glen Heights, Hutchins, Midlothian, Ovilla, Red Oak and Wilmer.
 
Sherman also has more than two decades of experience as an entrepreneur and businessman.  In 2003, as a visionary 35-year old Chairman and CEO, he navigated eTelcharge.com, Inc onto Wall Street, where it traded on both the U.S. NASDAQ and the Frankfurt exchange in Europe. 
 
Sherman has received several honors for his leadership and commitment to innovation, including AT&T Corporation’s Alex Award for his patent application and recognition as one of the Dallas Urban League’s “Most Promising Leaders of the 21st Century.”
 
In 2007, Sherman accepted the call of the ministry to serve in God’s Kingdom and became an ordained minister, after serving as bishop for two years.  Today, he pastors two congregations as the Senior Minister of the Church of Christ in both Hutchins and Wilmer
 
Mayor Sherman and his wife, Michelle have five children and two grandchildren and reside in DeSoto, Texas.
 
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