A Southlake Story

Since 1956, Southlake has had a particular pull for the people who live, work, and play here. What follows are some of its stories as only its people can tell them. They are stories of joy, immense sorrow, and learning and growing, but ultimately they are uniquely Southlake. Bookmark so you won't miss it as we add more chapters to the story of Southlake.

The McMillan Family

For more than 20 years, Tamara and Ken McMillan have devoted their time and efforts to the community they love without asking for anything in return. From the Crime Control and Prevention District to the Southlake Miracle League, their fingerprints are found all over City programs, events, and more. Take a few minutes to watch this #SouthlakeStory about dedication and community collaboration. 

An image of the McMillan's

Southlake Police Chief James Brandon

Leading a group of more than 60 employees, Southlake Police Chief James Brandon works with his team day and night to #protectSouthlake, his officers, and civilian staff. He recently celebrated his 10th anniversary with the City, a milestone that, at one point several years ago, seemed unlikely to happen. Take a few minutes to watch this #SouthlakeStory about perseverance and navigating the sharks and alligators one day at a time.

Picture of Southlake Police Chief James Brandon

The Cerami Family

The story of the Cerami family is one of joy, loss, hope, and belief. After 13-year-old Elise Cerami accidentally drowned during swim practice in 2016, her parents, Lori and David, and her brother Bryce channeled their personal grief to teach and unite the Southlake community around drowning prevention. In this #SouthlakeStory, learn more about the Cerami Family, their new addition Aila, and the life-saving mission at the heart of the Swim4Elise foundation – A Positive Wave of Change. #EliseMoment #Believe #Swim4Elise

*On January 23, 2023, the Carroll ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved the naming of the Elise Cerami Aquatics Center as a tribute to her life and legacy.

Picture of Southlake resident Lori Cerami

The Rumalla Family

When seven-year-old Rohan Rumalla nearly died after being found at the bottom of a backyard pool in 2020, the Rumalla family's life changed forever. After you watch this powerful #SouthlakeStory with your family and neighbors share it with your friends. It might save a life.

Picture of Southlake resident Rohan Rumalla