Town Council

The Town of Prosper is a home rule town with a mayor and six council members who are elected at large for three year terms.  The Town Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month in Prosper Town Hall, located at 250 W. First Street in Prosper. Unless otherwise posted, a Work Session is held at 5:00 p.m. followed by the Regular Meeting at 6:15 p.m. Both held in the Council Chambers.


David F. Bristol
Term ends: May 2025

David and his family have lived in Prosper since 2001. David’s first career was in the military; he is a 1987 graduate from the US Air Force Academy and former active duty fighter pilot. He flew F-111F’s and F-15E’s while he and his family lived in Europe and was deployed to numerous contingency operations throughout the world. He is a decorated combat veteran and has been awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross as well as many other citations and awards. He retired from the military in 2007 and was awarded the Congressional Veterans Commendation by former Congressman Sam Johnson, in 2017.

In 1997, David Co-Founded Employee Solutions, a regional staffing firm with nearly $1 Billion in revenue since creation, and over 1,000 employees. Employee Solutions serves clients in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, David has been dedicated to the Town of Prosper. David served on the Prosper Town Council from 2004-2008 and was twice elected Mayor Pro Tem. Since 2016 he has served on the Prosper Economic Development Corporation, most recently as President. David has also served regionally, as the current Chairman of the North Central Texas Workforce Development Board and as Governor Greg Abbott’s appointee to the Red River Boundary Commission in 2020.

David and his wife Mendy have been married since 1989, and have three children, all of whom are graduates of Prosper ISD. They are also blessed to have one granddaughter who lives in Prosper now and spending time with her is their true passion.

Council Member, Place 1

Marcus E. Ray
Term ends: May 2025

Marcus was elected to the Prosper Town Council in May of 2019 and is currently serving his second term. Marcus and his wife Gwen, along with their five children, Caleb, Madelyn, Saber, Nico and Micah, moved to Prosper in 2004. Formerly a private business owner, then HPE Global Executive, Marcus is currently the Director of Business Optimization for Trustwave, a global leader in Cybersecurity and Managed Security Services.

Marcus has previously served the Town on the Planning and Zoning Commission, the original Town Charter Committee, and Prosper CERT. In addition, he has been involved with a variety of community and charitable organizations. Having a desire to put the people of Prosper first in all things, Marcus ran for Town Council to advocate for the community he loves and to represent residents and business owners equally. For leisure, Marcus enjoys spending time with family and friends, riding his Harley, and cheering on both the Baylor and OU football teams where his college kids happily attend school.

Council Member, Place 2

Craig Andres
Deputy Mayor Pro-Tem
Term ends: May 2024

Craig was elected to Town Council in June of 2018 and is in his second term on Town Council and has lived in Prosper since 2010. He serves currently as a member of the Council Legislative Delegation, The Downtown Development Committee, The Vehicle Equipment Replacement Fund Committee, The Broadband Committee, Prosper’s seat on the Mckinney Urban Transit District board and Town Council Liaison and member of the Prosper Youth Sports Commission. Prior to his role on Town Council, he served on the Town Parks & Recreation Commission, as a Planning and Zoning Commissioner running for council in his second term, Vice President of the Prosper Youth Sports Commission, Board Member of Prosper Youth Sports Association as Basketball Commissioner and is the Co-Founder of the Prosper Men’s Turkey Fry serving those in need at Thanksgiving and supporting our local non-profits like N3 (Neighbors Nourishing Neighbors). He has also served on five men’s construction mission trips to Peru for his Church, currently serves as a volunteer for his Church in Prosper and was an AAU and private Christian school basketball coach for a number of years. He currently works in Real Estate and Land Sales. He has been married to his wife Chris for 29 years. His three children all attended Prosper High School. In his spare time, he and his wife love to travel and attend all manner of college football events and volunteer and support Prosper Ladies Association. Craig grew up in Dallas and graduated with a BS from Texas Tech University in International Economics and Business.

Headshot of Councilmember Amy Bartley, Place 3Council Member, Place 3

Amy Bartley
Term ends: May 2023

Amy is a West Texas girl from San Angelo, TX and grew up to value faith, family and friendships. She and her family moved to Prosper in 2008. Amy has been married to Wayne Bartley for 25 years and they have one daughter, Kelsie Bartley, who graduated from Prosper High School in 2017. Amy was elected to the Prosper Town Council in November, 2020. Her community service activities include previous terms on the Parks & Recreation Board, Planning & Zoning Commission, Prosper Education Foundation Board, and the PISD Bond Committee, and she currently volunteers with Cornerstone Assistance Network NCT.  Amy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Howard Payne University and currently works in real estate with her husband. In her down time she loves to travel, attend sporting events (mostly college football games with Wayne), spend time at the lake with family and friends and read.

Council Member, Place 4

Chris Kern
Term ends: May 2025

Chris was elected to the Prosper Town Council in May 2022. A twenty-year resident of Collin County, Chris moved to Prosper in 2013 with his wife and three kids. In 2019, he was voted Prosper Volunteer of the Year in Prosper Life & Luxury Magazine. He has been encouraging engagement, sharing public information, and supporting local Prosper businesses/non-profits online since 2015. Prior to being elected, Chris served as a Prosper Planning and Zoning Commissioner from 2019 to 2022. He served as a member of the Collin County Myers Park Advisory Board from 2015 to 2021 and on the Prosper Special Purpose Sales Tax District Committee in 2018. He was also an initial Board Member for the Crime/Fire/EMS Control & Prevention Services Districts. Chris has been a Board Member for Cornerstone NCT since 2017 after being a volunteer since 2014. He acted as League Director for Miracle League Sports from 2015 to 2021. Chris and his family are active members and volunteers at Hope Fellowship (Prosper Campus) and Neighbors Nourishing Neighbors food pantry in Prosper. Chris holds an MBA from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and is a Certified Continuous Improvement Manager (CCIM) with a 25+ year career in telecom.

Council Member, Place 5

Jeff Hodges
Mayor Pro-Tem
Term ends: May 2023

Jeff was elected to the Town Council in May of 2017.  He is currently the Vice-President of the North Central Texas Emergency Communications District (NCT9-1-1), a member of the Town Council Benefits Subcommitee, and is also on the Town’s Hike & Bike Trail Steering Committee.  Jeff also served as Vice-President of the Special Purpose District Board of Directors for the one-half cent sales tax dedicated to the Police and Fire Departments.  Prior to his service on the Town Council, he was serving his second term on the Parks and Recreation Board.  He has been a resident of Prosper since 2012 and has lived in the Prosper school district since 2001.  Jeff has been married for 18 years to his wife, Nicole.  He has two daughters, Kelsey (16) and Molly (12).  Jeff grew up in El Paso.  He graduated from Coronado High School and attended the University of Texas at El Paso.  In January of 2000, he moved to the Dallas area to take a job with Andrews Distributing where he has worked for the past 18 1/2 years.  Jeff played rugby for the El Paso Scorpions from 1990 to 1999.  He was also a baseball umpire calling two seasons at the high school level and four seasons at the little league level.  In his spare time, Jeff enjoys spending time with his family and playing basketball and softball in the Prosper Softball League.

Council Member, Place 6

Charles Cotten
Term ends: May 2024

A lifelong Texan, Charles moved to Prosper in 2014 with his wife, Colleen, to be near their daughter, son-in-law, and their two grandsons. Professionally, he got his start in public accounting where he became a CPA, but now has over 40 years of experience in commercial real estate finance, management, brokerage, and development.  Charles is committed to Prosper and has served as a member of the Prosper Charter Review Committee, Prosper Executive Development Team, Prosper Downtown Development Committee, and was most recently Chairman of the Prosper Planning and Zoning Commission. He has served on the Gentle Creek HOA Board of Directors and was instrumental in organizing Gentle Creek along with neighboring residents to successfully work with the Town on road projects affecting neighborhoods.  Charles is well positioned to help Prosper attract and manage future growth opportunities.  He currently is President of the Dallas County Utilities & Reclamation District, one the largest municipal utility districts in Texas with over $4 billion in taxable value. Charles also served as a Director and Treasurer of the Las Colinas Association, one of the largest property owners associations in the country with currently over $11 billion in taxable value, for eight years. A Charter Member and head of the Building Committee, Charles was also twice an Elder at Hackberry Creek Church.  His hobbies include golf at Gentle Creek, motorcycle trips, spending time with his grandsons, and traveling with Colleen.