Ricky C. MCNeal
Ricky C. McNeal, District 1 Council Member, was appointed in December 2020 after the previous Council member stepped down and will serve until a replacement is elected in May 2021.
Ricky was born and reared in Jonesboro, Louisiana. He is a graduate of Jonesboro-Hodge High School, where he was a very active student and athlete. He was an active member of the Travelers Rest Baptist Church (until relocating to Dallas). He served in the youth choir and was the president of the youth usher ministry for three years.
Ricky is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. He was a ‘walk-on’ on the football team his freshman and sophomore year. During his freshman year he made the travel team. However, after his sophomore year, he ended his football career and concentrated on graduation. He was an active member of the Louisiana Tech college chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Ricky worked during his entire college life.
Ricky has been employed 31 years with the same company in the Dallas metropolitan area. He has been married to Najeda for 30 years and they have three daughters (Hillary, Hannah, Haylea), two sons-in-law Tyler and Justin. He is a member of Mt. Hebron Missionary Baptist Church and serves in the deacon’s ministry. Moreover, he serves as the leader of the Sunday School ministry and is an adult Sunday School teacher. He is president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Garland Unit, a member of the Garland Area Brotherhood, a Deputy Registrar of Voters for Dallas County, and a regular volunteer at Lyles Middle School, Garland. Additionally, he has served on a bond study committee for the City of Garland and the East Garland Area Implementation Committee (Chair). He was a member of the Utility Advisory Board (UAB) for the City of Garland. He was a member of the 2014 Strategic Design Team for the Garland Independent School District and he served on the 2014 Bond Study Committee for GISD.
He is the author of Persevering and Praising God – Biking Basics for Believers, a book devoted to Christian principles and empowerment that will move individuals from passivity to productivity.