City Council

  • Elected to Mayor, 2015
  • Elected to City Council, Place 5 (2013 - 2015)
  • Elected to City Council, Place 1 (2004-2011)
    • Mayor Pro Tem (2014 - 2015)
    • Mayor Pro Tem (2010-2011)
    • Deputy Mayor Pro Tem (2009-2010)

Current Committees / Working Groups

  • Audit Committee (2015-present)
  • Mayor's Safety Task Force
  • Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) Number One (2004-2010; 2013 - present

Community Service

  • Founder of the Mayor's Alliance for Unity and Culture
  • Vice Chairman of Metroport Cities Partnership
  • Former Executive Board, Board of Directors Southlake Chamber of Commerce
  • Founder SPARK: Students and Parents Against Risks to our Kids
  • Coventry Manor Homeowners, Board
  • Southlake Citizen's Academy, Graduate
  • Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT), Graduate
  • Carroll ISD Leadership Academy for Supporting Success (C.L.A.S.S.)
  • Cofounder SASO: Scholars and Athletes Serving Others (A philanthropic 501c3 which gives mothers and their sons the opportunity to do meaningful community service together)

Other Areas of Local & Regional Interest

  • Advisory Board of Frost Bank
  • Advisory Board & past Board Chair, Recovery Resource Council of Tarrant County (Our mission is "to reduce drug and alcohol abuse and its stigma by providing: guidance, education & services to children, adults & families.")
  • Board of Directors and former Chair of National Association of Directory Publishers
  • Founder & Executor Downey Art for Education Trust (The Trust has awarded over $1,000,000 to rural schools in Texas, Arkansas & Oklahoma)


  • Legacy of Women Award 2014, Safe Haven of Tarrant County
  • Women in Business Award, Dallas Business Journal
  • Citizen of the Year 2008 and 2018, Southlake Chamber of Commerce
  • Carroll ISD Shankman Award for service to children
  • L.I.N.K. Award, Metroport Meals on Wheels (Leadership, Inspiration, Nurturing & Kindness)
  • Civic Group of the Year, SASO


  • Graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman's College
  • Southlake resident since 1998
  • Co-owner, Downey Publishing - Southlake, Texas (Operating in Texas, Arkansas & Oklahoma)
  • Married to Joe McSweeny
  • Three children