City Attorney, Deborah Pullum began her career as the Assistant City Attorney with the City of Tyler on November 1, 2004 and was later promoted to Senior Assistant City Attorney. On June 26th, the City Council approved her appointment as the first female, African-American City Attorney of Tyler. She has lived in Tyler since junior high school and attended John Tyler High School. She earned her law degree from the Marshall Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia in 1996 after obtaining her Bachelors of Science degree from Florida A&M University with a major in Business Administration. Prior to working for the City of Tyler, Pullum was an assistant district attorney for the Smith County District Attorney's Office from 1997 to 2004.
Deputy City Attorney, Steven M. Kean began his employment with the City of Tyler on December 21, 1989.
His current primary department clients and responsibilities are Airport, Building Services, Code Enforcement, Communications, Development Services, Engineering, Fire, Planning and Zoning, and Streets. Upon request from these clients he handles legal research, contract review, ordinance drafting and subpoenas.
Mr. Kean is a past participant in the City’s prior Tyler Apprentice Program, served on the original Board of Regents for City University, is a graduate of the City of Tyler Leadership Academy, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Tyler Firemen's Pension Board. He is a recipient of the Texas City Attorney Association's 2010 Galen Sparks Award for outstanding public service as well as the City of Tyler Blueprint Award for service excellence.
In 1983, Mr. Kean earned a B.A. from Auburn University with a Political Science major and a History minor. He obtained his law degree from Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama in 1986.
Sharon graduated cum laude from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1983 with a B.A. in Organismal and Systems Biology. She earned her J.D. at St. Mary’s School of Law in San Antonio in 1987. Sharon started working for the City of Tyler as an Assistant City Attorney in December, 1988. She was appointed as the Presiding Judge of the City of Tyler Municipal Court from 1994 until 1997. From 1998 to 2013, Sharon was in private practice and continued providing legal services to the City of Tyler as outside counsel. In 2013, Sharon returned to the City Attorney’s office full-time as Senior Assistant City Attorney. Sharon served as Interim Housing Manager in the City of Tyler Neighborhood Services Department from June, 2015 to September, 2017.
Sharon has focused on public service and municipal law practice and has represented numerous governmental entities in Northeast Texas, including the City of Tyler, Smith County 9-1-1 Emergency Communications District, the Smith County Volunteer Firefighters Association, and the Northeast Texas Public Health District (NET Health). She has been involved in nonprofit organization development and capacity building and is a statewide speaker and trainer on disability, employment, governance, civil rights, and governmental law matters.
Sharon’s current primary clients and responsibilities are Animal Control, Records Management, City University, Communications, 3-Way and CIP Contracts, Emergency Coordination and Medical Control Board, GIS, NET Health, Human Resources, Information Technology, Disability Issues Review Board, Tyler Public Library, Neighborhood Services, Animal Care Facility Board, Solid Waste, Transit, and Water Administration.
Dustin graduated from Abilene Christian University with a B.A. in music and earned his J.D. and M.B.A. at Texas Tech in Lubbock. His primary duties involve prosecution in the Tyler Municipal Court. Dustin joined the City in January 2016.
Assistant City Attorney, Regina Y. Moss began her employment with the City of Tyler on May 15, 2017. She is a native New Mexican, born and raised in Albuquerque; however, she has called Texas home since 2012. Ms. Moss is admitted to practice in both Texas and New Mexico and she is a member of the Smith County Bar Association, Texas City Attorneys Association, Texas Municipal League and the International Municipal Lawyers Association.
Her current primary department clients and responsibilities are CIP and 3-Way Contracts, City University and Lean Sigma, Code Enforcement, Engineering, Liberty Hall and Main Street, Library, Parks, Public Information and Attorney General Opinion requests, Property and Claims, and Vehicle Services. Prior to working for the City of Tyler Ms. Moss served as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Amarillo, Texas. She also has extensive federal practice and civil litigation defense experience with a broad practice history representing both private and government entities in matters involving civil rights, premises liability, tort law, public employment law, contracts and procurement.
Ms. Moss earned her law degree from Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C. in 2002. She obtained her Bachelors of Arts Degree from the University of New Mexico with a Political Science major and a Communications minor in 1998.
City Clerk, Cassandra Brager, TRMC, began her employment with the City of Tyler on September 9, 1999. Prior to working for the City of Tyler she was employed with the City of Overton for 11 years. Cassandra is a past participant of the City's prior Tyler Apprentice Program, and graduated from the City of Tyler Leadership Academy with honors. Cassandra graduated from the Texas Municipal Clerk's Certification program in January 2019.
City Clerk duties are serving as clerk to the City Council, including the preparation of minutes, processing of ordinances, resolutions, legal notices and publications. Other City Clerk duties include administering a records management and retention program, and conducting city elections in accordance with City Charter and Texas Election Law provisions.
Patricia Peralta returned to the City of Tyler April 2015. Previously, she was employed at the Tyler Public Library from Spring 2013 until she began working for the Smith County Clerk's Office in early 2014. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from the University of Texas at Tyler in 2013 and is currently working on earning her Masters of Public Administration.
Her responsibilities include maintaining the City Code, Office administration, as well as Legal and City Clerk support.
Haley Brewster earned her Associates of Applied Science in Legal Assisting from Kilgore College in 2014. She started her career working for the City of Tyler in the Municipal Court from 2016-2018. She transferred to the legal department in January 2018 where she gives Legal and City Clerk support.