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Baugh to retire, new city manager appointed

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DESOTO - After serving more than 14 years as the city manager of DeSoto, Jim Baugh will retire at the end of April.

While serving the city, Baugh implemented a host of strategic initiatives, including the bi-annual budget forecasting system and employee recognition program.

One of Baugh’s most notable accomplishments was the city’s designation as a distinguished National League of Cities All American City in 2006.

At the Tuesday, Jan. 18 city council meeting, the council finalized discussions with Assistant City Manager Dr. Tarron J. Richardson regarding the position of city manager.

In an effort to continue a seamless transition of his responsibilities, Richardson will continue to work closely with Baugh until his final day of service.

"The city council is fortunate to have an assistant city manager of the caliber and strength of Tarron. Their choice to have him lead DeSoto into the future is one that will be of great benefit to DeSoto," stated Baugh.

"I congratulate both Tarron for his accomplishments and the mayor and council for their wise selection."

Since October of 2009, Richardson has been overseeing the daily operations of all city departments.

Richardson will be assuming the roles and responsibilities of city manager effective May 1.

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