Dallas Mayor Taps Assistant City Attorney To Lead GrowSouth Initiative

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Published: 14 June 2013 02:34 PM
Updated: 14 June 2013 03:22 PM

A veteran member of the Dallas City Attorney’s office is joining Mayor Mike Rawlings’ staff to oversee his GrowSouth initiative, Rawlings said today.

Adam McGough will replace Shawn Williams, who recently joined the Dallas Police Department as the civilian supervisor of the Community Affairs and Media Relations departments.

McGough graduated from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law in 2003 and has been with the city since 2005. He most recently served as the chief of community prosecution and community court.

“I wanted to find somebody that knew this city well and had proven him or herself in dealing with complex issues,” Rawlings said of his hiring of McGough. “His leadership, his experience as a community prosecutor and then his leadership in building that team got a unanimous thumbs up from everyone I’ve talked to … He is a serious worker and I’m very excited about him taking this to the next level.”

Williams was with Rawlings for about a year. He is a former southern Dallas entrepreneur and journalist who founded Dallas South News. He wrote extensively about the mayor’s introduction to that area of the city before Rawlings hired him.

The mayor praised Williams and said he was sad to see him go, but that he has a great opportunity at DPD.

“There’s not a lot of people that have a new vision for city relations, how we relate to each other in this city, north and south, Hispanic and white and African-American,” Rawlings said. “Shawn is post-modern in that sense.”

Originally published on dallasnews.com