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  • Mayor Chris Watts


    Mayor Chris Watts City of Denton

    Chris Watts was elected Mayor in May 2014 and is serving his third term. He previously served three terms as a Council Member representing District 4. Mayor Watts graduated from Denton High School before going on to the University of North Texas and obtaining a Bachelor’s in Computer Science and a Master’s in Education Counseling and Student Services. In 1990, Mayor Watts switched his career path from computer programmer and analyst to real estate broker and investor. He later attended Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, received his Doctor of Jurisprudence in 2000, and pursued a career in real estate law. He has coached students for the American Bar Association Student Division Negotiation Competition for the past several years. Mayor Watts has owned and operated a real estate investment firm for over 20 years.

    Committee Assignments: Agenda Committee, Audit/Finance Committee, Council Airport Committee, Council Appointee Performance Review Committee, Hotel Occupancy Tax Committee, North Texas Commission, Texas Municipal Power Agency, Development Code Review Committee (ad hoc).

  • Gerard Hudspeth, District 1

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    Gerard Hudspeth was elected to District 1 in May 2017 and is serving his first term. Preceding his election, he served on the City of Denton’s Planning and Zoning Commission and various other boards.  Councilman Hudspeth is an alumnus of Denton high school and a graduate of North Central Texas College.  He has worked in the legal industry for over 16 years and is currently a Process Service Manager and Litigation Support Consultant. Giving back to the community is a passion of his that has lead him to serve as a CASA volunteer for over 8 years and as a Mentor Denton volunteer.  His favorite book is Joseph:  A Man of Integrity and Forgiveness by Charles R. Swindoll.  His Favorite movie is A Few Good Men by Rob Reiner.


    Committee Assignments: Committee on Citizen Engagement, Ethics Committee, Hotel Occupancy Tax Committee, Convention and Visitor Bureau Advisory Board, Economic Development Partnership Board, Downtown Denton TIF Reinvestment Zone No. 1 Board, Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 2 Board.

  • Keely G. Briggs, District 2


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    Keely Briggs was elected to District 2 in May 2015 and is serving her second term. A Texas native born in Tyler, she first came to Denton to attend the University of North Texas in 1995, where she graduated with a BA in sociology and received certification for mediation training from the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program administered by the Institute of Applied Economics. In 1997, Keely and her husband, Chris, were happily married outside of the Little Chapel in the Woods at TWU. Chris—a graduate of DHS and UNT—is a senior executive for a Texas-based international data analytics and technology firm specializing in retail, healthcare, and economic development. When not seeing to the important work of representing the citizens of District 2 and the City of Denton, Keely can be found volunteering in our local schools.

    Committee Assignments: Committee on Citizen Engagement, Committee on the Environment, Ethics Committee, Mobility Committee, Community Justice Council, Dallas Regional Mobility Coalition, Lake Ray Roberts Planning & Zoning Commission, Regional Transportation Council (alternate), Development Code Review Committee (ad hoc), Economic Development Partnership Board, Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 2 Board.

  • Don Duff, District 3

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    Don Duff was elected to District 3 in June 2017 and is serving his first term.

    Committee Assignments: Council Airport Committee, Ethics Committee.

     

  • John Ryan, District 4

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    John Ryan was elected to District 4 in May 2017 and is serving his first term. He was elected Mayor Pro Tem in June 2018.

    Committee Assignments: Agenda Committee, Audit/Finance Committee, Committee on the Environment, Council Airport Committee, Council Appointee Performance Review Committee, Mobility Committee, Convention and Visitor Bureau Advisory Board, Regional Transportation Council, Development Code Review Committee (ad hoc).

  • Deb Armintor, At Large Place 5




    Deb Armintor was elected to At Large Place 5 in June 2018 and is serving her first term. 

    Committee Assignments: Committee on Citizen Engagement, Hotel Occupancy Tax Committee, Convention and Visitor Bureau Advisory Board.

  • Paul Meltzer, At Large Place 6




    Paul Meltzer was elected to At Large Place 6 in May 2018 and is serving his first term. 

    Committee Assignments: Audit/Finance Committee, Committee on the Environment, Mobility Committee.