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Mayor Susan R. Byrd


Susan Byrd was elected Mayor of Marlin, Texas in May, 2023.  Since that time, Mayor Byrd has devoted herself to promoting water sources, diversity, community unity and thoughtful economic growth by furthering long term projects such as the Brushy Creek Reservoir. A dedicated community advocate, Susan has lobbied for infrastructure development and continues to work to improve Marlin and the surrounding areas.

Prior to moving to Marlin in 2016, Mayor Byrd practiced law for more than 40 years.  She was the former CEO and named partner of Ayers & Byrd, a civil litigation law firm located in the greater Boston, Massachusetts metropolitan area. In addition to managerial and financial responsibilities for the firm, Mayor Byrd was a “first-chair” litigator in a diverse range of civil matters ranging from banking/commercial law to cyber defamation to constitutional issues affecting commerce.  She has appeared before state, federal, trial and administrative courts including the 1st and 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the U.S. Department of Labor. Susan’s law practice is complemented by her past commercial banking experience in commercial loans, mergers and acquisitions, and finance.

Mayor Byrd holds an LLM in American Banking Law from Boston University; a Juris Doctorate from Oklahoma City University; a certificate in Comparative Law Studies – European Common Market Law, from Queen’s College, Oxford, U.K.; an M.B.A., Marketing, from Central State University, Edmond, OK.; and a B.S., Radio, TV, & Film, from the University of Texas, Austin.

Mayor Byrd is the present President of the Community Garden Club of Marlin, Texas (the oldest continuously operated garden club in the State of Texas),and is active in the D.A.R.; S.M.O.T.J.; N.A.A.C.P. and the Marlin Rotary. Although always ready for a game of bridge or dominoes, Mayor Byrd enjoys spending her spare time with her rescued dogs, and two chickens.


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