Detra White was elected to serve Council District 3 on November 6, 2018 and was sworn in to the Council seat on November 28, 2018.
Detra was born and raised in Odessa, living the majority of her life in District 3. She attended Alamo Elementary, Bowie Jr. High, Odessa High School, and Odessa College. She began working for the City of Odessa, Personnel Department (Human Resources), in March 1978. After 12 ½ years in Personnel, she transferred to Odessa Fire Rescue in September 1990. She was promoted to Fire Marshal in 2000. Detra’s career with the City of Odessa provided the opportunity to work with every City department, as well as developers, contractors, and businesses. Detra served on various Committees and Boards, including the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Association. She retired in September 2013.
Detra and her husband have been married for 38+ years, they three grown children, one grandson and three step-grandchildren. Her husband is retired from the City of Odessa Police Department.
Detra loves Odessa, and she will work hard for the citizens of Odessa while serving on the Odessa City Council.
Councilmember White can be reached via the City Secretary at (432) 335-3276 or via email.