Municipal Archives


Dallas Firsts

This list of "Firsts" is an ongoing, but not exhaustive, record of Dallas city government leaders.  Contact the Municipal Archives with further research questions.

First Name
​Mayor
Samuel Pryor, 1856-1857
​Police Chief
J. C. Arnold, 1881-1898.  Prior to his election and the department's founding, city marshals and deputies protected Dallas citizens.
​Fire Chief
W.C. "Bud" Connor, 1872-1883.  Prior to his election and the department's founding, fire fighting was up to citizens.
​City Manager
John Edy, 1931-1935
​Female Park Board Member
Laura Yeary Smith, 1929-1931
​Female Council Member
Calvert Collins, 1957-1961
Appointed Black Male Council Member​ Cleophas Anthony "C.A." Galloway, was appointed March 1967 by Mayor J. Erik Jonsson upon the resignation of Councilmember Joe G. Moody and completed Moody's term.
Elected Black Male Council Member George L. Allen, appointed 1968, elected in 1969, serving 1968-1975.   The George L. Allen Courts Building [Dallas County] is named for him.
Latina Council Member Anita Martinez, 1969-1973
Black Female Council Member
Lucy Patterson, 1973-1979
​Latino Council Member
Pedro Aguirre, 1973-1975
Appointed Female Mayor

Adlene Harrison, 1976.  Harrison served as mayor for three months in 1976 to complete the term of We​s Wise, who resigned.  She also served ​on the City Council from 1973-1977.
Elected Female Mayor
Annette Strauss, 1987-1991
Black Male Mayor Ron W. Kirk, 1995-2002
Black Female Police Chief U. Renée Hall, 2017-2020
​Latino Police Chief 
​Eddie Garcia, 2020-