Jeran Akers

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Merrideth Jeran Akers[1] (born c. 1947) was the mayor of Plano, Texas from 2000–2002,[2][3] and ran for the Republican nomination for Collin County Commissioner in 2006.[4]

Akers was elected on May 6, 2000, with 64.17% of the vote, defeating opponent Dick Bode. Akers served one term before being defeated by Pat Evans in 2002.[5] In 2006, Akers lost election the Republican Primary for County Commissioner to Jack Hatchell.[6] In addition to being mayor, Akers previously served on the Plano City Council from 1993-1999. This included service as Deputy Mayor Pro Tem from 1997–1998 and Mayor Pro Tem from 1998-1999. While Mayor of Plano, Akers founded the Collin County Mayors’ Alliance and was a member of the Metroplex Mayor’s Alliance.[7]

Akers graduated from the University of Alabama in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. While a student at Alabama, Akers was a member of the Air Force ROTC and the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, as well as the Arnold Air Society.[1] He then joined the United States Air Force in 1969, earning the rank of captain. He served in the USAF until 1973. While in the Air Force, Akers received a Master of Arts in Public Administration.[7]

In 2010, Akers became the President and CEO of the Celina Chamber of Commerce.[7] He was no longer in the position as of 2013.

Akers was born in Cordova, Alabama, moved to Texas in 1975 and has lived in Plano, Texas since 1985.[7]


  • Minutes of Plano City Council
  1. ^ a b Corolla Yearbook. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama. 1969. p. 464. 
  2. ^ Hundley, Wendy (May 16, 2000). "Solid support from east Plano helped Akers win mayoral bid Bode did well on west side, totals from narrow race indicate". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2009-04-10. 
  3. ^ Hundley, Wendy (May 5, 2002). "Evans defeats Akers in race for Plano mayor". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2009-04-10. 
  4. ^ Housewright, Ed (March 5, 2006). "Akers takes on Hatchell for court, while 2 challenge clerk". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2009-04-10. 
  5. ^ 2002 Election Results |
  6. ^ 2006 Election Results |
  7. ^ a b c d "Meet Jeran". The Jeran Akers for County Commissioner Website. Archived from the original on 2006-08-23. Retrieved 2006-07-07. 
Preceded by
John Longstreet
Mayor of Plano, Texas
Succeeded by
Pat Evans