Carissa Dutton, District 6 Council Member, was elected to her first term on the Garland City Council in May 2023.
Carissa Dutton is a 30-year resident of Garland. Her love of community service began as a teenager with Garland Parks and Recreation as a VolunTeen. While this program initially acted as a reprieve in her life, it became so much more. She learned the value of helping others and taking pride and ownership of the city she lived in. In 2000 she won VolunTeen of the year with well over 2,000 volunteer hours.
Her volunteer work has continued in many ways, including tornado clean up with during the Christmas 2015 tornado and the October 2019 tornado. In October 2019 she won The Spirit of Rowlett award for her efforts in starting a successful neighborhood watch group, as well as organizing an event to honor a young boy whose life was tragically taken.
In 2020, she was honored with Garland's first-ever Make Your Mark award for her work after the tornado.
Today she is a caretaker by profession and by heart. She devotes her free time to Garland Overnight Warming Station (GLOWS), the Garland Optimist Club, and helping anyone who comes her way.