About the Denton City Council
The City of Denton is governed by a mayor and six city council members. The Mayor and two council members are elected at-large, and four council members are elected from single districts. Terms are two years in length and each of the seven members of the council can serve up to a maximum of three consecutive terms.
The Denton City Council meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber, with a Work Session typically beginning at 2 p.m. in the Council Work Session Room. Please refer to the posted agenda as the start time of the Work Sessions may vary.
The Council holds work sessions on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, typically beginning at 2 p.m. in the Council Work Session Room, unless otherwise posted.
Regular City council meetings and work sessions are open to the public. The Council Chamber and the Council Work Session Room are located at City Hall, 215 E. McKinney Street, Denton. Meetings are also available live and on-demand online and are televised live on DTV, the City’s government access cable channel (Charter 194, Grande 12, and Verizon 38). Meetings are replayed on DTV Wednesday at 9 a.m., Thursday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m., and Monday at 1 a.m. View agendas or watch live.
Denton City Council
Mayor Gerard Hudspeth
Gerard Hudspeth was born and raised in Denton, where he attended Denton High School and earned his bachelor's degree from UNT. After volunteering for many years on the Denton Planning and Zoning board, Gerard was elected to serve two terms on the City Council representing District 1. In 2019, his fellow Council Member’s selected him as Mayor Pro Tem and Gerard was elected Mayor in 2020.
Gerard and his family have always had a passion for giving back to the community and that drive led Gerard to become a volunteer with both CASA and Mentor Denton to help serve at-risk kids and ensure they are provided every possible opportunity for success. Gerard is also active with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Denton Breakfast Kiwanis, Denton Chamber of Commerce, and the Denton Black Chamber of Commerce. Professionally, Gerard is the General Manager for a local business development company dedicated to helping grow small businesses.
Gerard and his wife, Diane, have been married for over 14 years and are proud parents of four wonderful daughters. His favorite book is Joseph: A Man of Integrity and Forgiveness
by Charles R. Swindoll.
Committee Assignments: Agenda Committee, Economic Development Partnership Board, Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 2 Board, Lake Ray Roberts P&Z Commission, North Texas Commission, Denton County Behavioral Health Leadership Team, Denton County Homelessness Leadership Team, Regional Transportation Council.
Vicki Byrd, District 1
Vicki Byrd was elected to the District 1 position in May 2021 and is serving her first term. Vicki Byrd is a long term resident of Denton as her education began in 1983 as a student at Texas Woman’s University; earning a B.S. in Criminal Justice/Psychology culminating a MA.Ed, Teacher Leadership at the University of Phoenix. She is a former Law Enforcement Officer, Risk Management Associate, and a Special Education Teacher. She retired with the State of Texas after 31 years of service in 2018.
Vicki ‘s experiences include a background of Law Enforcement, Risk Management, Occupational/Environmental Health and Safety, Emergency Management and Education.
She has served on boards and committees of several local organizations in the area, including the Denton Noon Rotary Club, Morse Street Baptist Church, Texas Woman’s National Alumni, Habitat for Humanity, Denton County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc and others. She has also served on the City Parks and Recreation Board and the Library Board.
Vicki is a wife and mom of two adult daughters who graduated from Denton High School (Go Broncos).
Brian Beck, District 2
Brian Beck was elected to the District 2 position in May 2021 and is serving his first term. Prior to election he served the Denton community on the Denton Planning and Zoning Commission, the Denton Zoning Board of Adjustment, the Woodrow Wilson Elementary Community Advisory Board, and as Woodrow Wilson Elementary Science Fair Coordinator.
Brian earned his BS in Biochemistry & Biophysics in 1991 from Texas A&M University - College Station, a PhD in Biochemistry & Biophysics in 1997 from Washington State University - Pullman, and completed post-doctoral work in the Chemistry Department and Institute for Molecular Design from 1998-2004 at the University of Houston. Brian grew up in the Clear Lake region of Southeast Houston and has a 30-year career as a scientist and educator in computational/structural biology, high-performance computing, and cloud-computing. Brian came to Denton in 2007 as faculty in the TWU Biology department, but since 2015 has worked at UT-Austin's Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) where he is TACC's Dallas/Fort Worth regional liaison as well as providing support for NSF's Jetstream Cloud Computing platform. Brian, his wife Abbie (an archaeologist/paleoethnobotanist), and two children live in the Idiot's Hill region of Northeast Denton with their Border Collie/Pyrenees cross, Boo.
Jesse Davis, District 3
Jesse Davis was elected to District 3 in May 2019 and is serving his second term. Prior to his election, Davis served as the inaugural chair of the City's Board of Ethics and as an officer of the Denton County Historical Commission. Davis is a lifelong Denton resident and a proud alum of Denton High School. He earned a B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of North Texas, where he served as Student Body President. After graduating from UNT, Davis served under U.S. Senator Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in her Washington, D.C., office as a senior staff assistant and Assistant Press Secretary. Davis earned his J.D. from Baylor School of Law, and for the past eight years has been an Assistant District Attorney for Denton County. Davis, his wife Diana, and their three children are active volunteers in their church and engaged members of the Denton community. Davis is the outgoing President of the Denton Evening Rotary Club, chair of the North Texas Children’s Choir board, and a Boy Scouts of America volunteer.
Committee Assignments: Agenda Committee, Committee on the Environment, Council Airport Committee, Community Partnership Committee, Development Code Review Committee, Economic Development Partnership Board, Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 2 Board.
Alison Maguire, District 4
Alison Maguire was elected to District 4 in May 2021. Alison is a second-generation public school teacher and a music educator with 10 years of experience in the classroom, including 3 years at Bettye Myers Middle School in DISD. Alison earned her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Music Education from UNT. She lives in Forest Meadow with her husband, Sean Powell, and their two children, Thomas and Eleanor. She is a member of the Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Texas AFT, and 100 Dentonites Who Give a Damn.
Deb Armintor, At Large Place 5
Deb Armintor was elected to At Large Place 5 in June 2018 and is serving her second term. Deb has lived in Denton since 2002, after receiving her PhD. in eighteenth-century literature from Rice University in Houston. She is a tenured professor of English at UNT, and lives in the Nottingham Woods neighborhood with her husband Marshall and their children, Jonah and Shula. Before her election to City Council, Deb served on the Public Utilities Board and was active in the grassroots on a number of local issues.
Committee Assignments: Audit/Finance Committee, Committee on Community Engagement, Mobility Committee.
Paul Meltzer, At Large Place 6 (Mayor Pro Tem)
Paul Meltzer was elected to At-large Place 6 in 2018 and is in his second term. He serves on the Mobility Committee, Committee on the Environment, Downtown TIF Board, Airport Committee, Audit and Finance Committee, and the Community Engagement Committee. Paul earned his BA in Philosophy at Wesleyan University in 1982 and his Master of Business Administration at the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College in 1989. He worked for thirty years primarily as a new product executive in both consumer products and services with stints at divisions of General Mills and Campbell Soup Company, ultimately retiring as Senior Vice President of Product Management at Insight Communications, through its acquisition in 2012 by Time-Warner Cable. He moved to Denton in 2008 when his wife began work as a UNT professor. He has been an active community volunteer in Denton since.
Committee Assignments: Audit/Finance Committee, Committee on Community Engagement, Committee on the Environment, Council Airport Committee, Mobility Committee, Downtown Denton TIF Reinvestment Zone No. 1 Board.
Contact City Council
Mayor Gerard Hudspeth: Gerard.Hudspeth@cityofdenton.com / (940) 349-7717
Vicki Byrd, District 1: Vicki.Byrd@cityofdenton.com / (940) 208-6346
Brian Beck, District 2: Brian.Beck@cityofdenton.com / (940) 293-7611
Jesse Davis, District 3: Jesse.Davis@cityofdenton.com / (940) 208-7439
Alison Maguire, District 4: Alison.Maguire@cityofdenton.com / (940) 208-5944
Deb Armintor, At Large Place 5: Deb.Armintor@cityofdenton.com / (940) 300-9857
Paul Meltzer, At Large Place 6: Paul.Meltzer@cityofdenton.com / (940) 220-2027