Mayor and City Council
Todd Meier's background includes distinguished service in both the public and private sectors. Before being elected Mayor in 2011, Todd served as a member of the Addison City Council and as vice chairman of the Town's Planning and Zoning Committee.
Todd is currently serving as President of the Metroplex Mayor's Association, and is a graduate of Leadership Dallas, Citizens Academy of Addison, and Leadership Metrocrest. His recent civic involvement includes the Addison Business Association, Addison Advocates, Greenhill School Investment Committee, Addison Arbor Foundation, Metrocrest Social Services Board of Directors, State Fair of Texas Board of Directors, Salesmanship Club of Dallas, and the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Currently an attorney with Shackelford, Melton & McKinley, LLP in Dallas, Todd counsels clients in the automobile, technology, manufacturing, financial services, commodities, and service industries. He is a litigator as well as working with individuals and businesses on transactional and operational matters. He is a former assistant district attorney for Dallas County, where he tried more than 300 jury trials during his tenure. Todd is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association, and Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation.
Todd's distinguished business career included serving as president and general manager of Rodger Meier Cadillac, Meier Oldsmobile, and Meier Infiniti, one of the most successful and well-known auto dealership groups in Dallas. As head of a private investment firm he founded in 1998, Todd reviews, analyzes, and performs due diligence on investment prospects and assists in transactions involving start-up businesses to mid-size private equity investments.
Todd earned his law degree from Southern Methodist University and undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Todd's family includes: son Brennan, a trial lawyer with Akin Gump, Daughter in law Elizabeth partner of tech startup GlamGrab, all around cool grandson Wesley, daughter Mackenzie a recent Wake Forest Master's degree graduate now working as a business analyst at PWC and long time sweetheart Nelly Garcia. In his free time, Todd enjoys exercising at the Addison Fitness Center.
Mayor Pro Tempore
Bruce Arfsten has lived in Addison since 2003 and moved to North Texas in 1990 from Oklahoma City. Since 1993, he has been actively selling residential real estate in the Dallas/Fort Worth market including several years in new home sales. He worked in the residential division of Henry S. Miller until its acquisition by Coldwell Banker and is currently with the RE/MAX Premier office in North Dallas. Prior to his real estate career, Bruce spent seven years in hospitality management in Oklahoma and Texas.
Bruce enjoys living in Addison Place subdivision, adjacent to North Addison Park where he takes his yellow Labrador Retriever, Zoe, for her daily walk(s). He also enjoys flying, photography, and golf.
Bruce Arfsten's Addison and community involvement includes:
- Planning & Zoning Commissioner
- Charter Review Commissioner
- Citizen Academy Graduate
- Rotary International, Addison Midday Club
- Angel Flight South Central Volunteer Pilot
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Texas
- Toastmasters International
Deputy Mayor Pro Tempore
Jim Duffy has been active in the Addison community for more than thirty years, both as a community leader and former Council Member, but also as a general contractor and construction executive for develelopers who helped shape the current Addison landscape. A past chair of both the Planning & Zoning Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals, Jim also served as a Council Member from 1986 – 1991. He was the founding chairman of the North Texas Film Commission and a member of the Addison DART election steering committee.
A charter member of the Addison Midday Rotary Club, Jim is also past president of the Addison Rotary Club. He received the District 5810 “Service Above Self” award in 2013, was named “Rotarian of the Year” in 2014 and received the “Service to New Generations” award in 2015. Jim’s Rotary passion is Camp RYLA where he is a member of the District 5810 Camp RYLA Committee and Camp Operations Director. He has been involved in RYLA since he entered Rotary in 1991.
Jim is retired after a career in the construction and development business. His broad professional experience includes managing complex construction projects from development through to construction. He has overseen multiple projects on a national scale and small local projects, including new construction, expansions, renovations, and infrastructure projects in the public and private commercial and multifamily markets.
Jim is married to Donna and they have two grown daughters, Shelleigh Rorie and Deena Martin, and one granddaughter, Laney Grace Martin.
Paul Walden is a lifelong resident of the North Dallas area and has lived in Addison since 2008. He attended Thomas Jefferson High school and earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Dallas. He served in multiple positions in law enforcement following graduation for more than eight years before changing careers. For most of the past 25 years, Paul has worked in the corporate insurance industry. He currently is the Business Developer Specialist at Great American Insurance.
Always active in his community, Paul served on the Farmers Branch City Council for six years before relocating to Addison. Prior to running for Addison City Council in May 2016, Paul was Vice Chairman of Addison’s Bond Advisory Committee from 2011 to 2012 and served as President of the Addison Timbers Homeowners Association from 2011-2014.
Paul is married with two daughters and two step sons. His hobbies include golf, water gardening and traveling and he is a member of the Christ United Methodist Church in Farmers Branch.
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