Executive Leadership Team

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Karen Souther


Detra Gaines, City Secretary

Detra Gaines

City Secretary / Director of Administration
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  • Texas Municipal Clerk's Certification 
  • Human resources
  • Court Administrator
  • Officer, Gunter Volunteer Fire and Rescue
  • EMT Certification

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Danny Jones

Chief of Police
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  • Holds a TCOLE Master Peace Officer License 
  • Has served Gunter since 2016 as Patrol Officer, Patrol Sergeant, and Patrol Lieutenant
  • Member of FBI LEEDA, completing a 120-hour Trilogy Leadership series
  • Previous Criminal Investigator and Supervisor in the Collin County District Attorney's Office Family Division
  • U.S. Marine Corps veteran 

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Eric Wilhite, AICP, RLA

Director of Planning and Development
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  • Experience in community and urban planning
  • Background in landscape architecture
  • Expertise in real estate development
  • Seasoned leader and project manager
  • Public and private sector experience
  • Collaborator

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Adam Adams

Director of Parks & Public Services
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  • 23 years of municipal experience in parks and public improvement
  • 14 years with the City of Trophy Club, Texas
  • Nine years with the City of Plano, Texas
  • Implemented public improvement projects such as baseball fields, playgrounds, a dog park, trail systems, and street projects

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