Carl O. Sherman


Carl O. Sherman

Carl O. Sherman

Dallas County Appointee

Carl O. Sherman Sr. was appointed to the NTTA Board of Directors by the Dallas County Commissioners Court on Oct. 4, 2016, and he was officially sworn in by the Board on Oct. 19, 2016.

Sherman currently serves as the city manager of Hutchins, Texas. He previously served two terms as the mayor of DeSoto, Texas, an All-America City, while concurrently serving as the city manager of Ferris, Texas.

Sherman's contributions to municipal governance began in 2003, when he chaired a successful $32 million general obligation bond election in the city of DeSoto. Sherman was later elected to the city council in 2006, serving as mayor pro tem in 2008 and 2009. In May 2010, he was elected as the first African-American mayor of DeSoto and was re-elected in 2013. Under his leadership, DeSoto attracted new jobs, elevated its ranking with the Texas One economic development corporation and upgraded its Fitch and S & P bond ratings. Sherman led DeSoto with a strong focus on economic development and on attracting quality jobs to the area. Under his watch, the city experienced a 40 percent increase in sales tax revenue, and unemployment fell from 9.7 percent to 5 percent.

Sherman serves as a bi-vocational minister in the role of senior pastor for two Church of Christ congregations in the cities of Hutchins and Wilmer.

Sherman was the first African-American to hold the following positions: president of the DeSoto Rotary Club, board chair of the DeSoto Chamber of Commerce and board chair of the best Southwest Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he has been an executive member of the Dallas Regional Mobility Coalition Board and the River of Trade Corridor Coalition. A successful entrepreneur and businessman, Sherman previously served as chair and CEO of and earned the AT&T Alex Award for a patent application. He was recognized by the Dallas Urban League as one of the Most Promising Leaders of the 21st Century.

Sherman has been married to his wife Michelle for 29 years, and they have five children and two grandchildren.