Bill Austin

GENERAL Bill Austin.

Born June 12, 1935, in Memphis, Tennessee
Lifelong resident of DeSoto County, Mississippi
Reside in boyhood home in Lake Cormorant, Mississippi
Married to Lynda Turner Austin of Memphis, Tennessee
Three children, Caroline Rosser, Mary Monteith and William Austin, III, grandfather of four.
Communicant of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Southaven, Mississippi


Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Mississippi, 1956
Juris Doctorate Degree, University of Memphis Law School, 1972.


General Manager of Austin Farms & Dairies 1956 until 1969
developed and managed largest dairy cattle herd and operation in the State of Mississippi
and instrumental in building the most modern milking parlor facility in the South.
General practice of law for Garner & Garner in Hernando, MS, 1972 until 1977.
Opened Austin Law Firm in 1977, in Hernando, MS, for general practice of law with emphasis in municipal law.
Opened branch office in 1980 in Southaven, MS with emphasis in real estate law.
Attorney for the City of Horn Lake, 1980 until 1982.
Attorney for the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors, 1984 until June 2001 - also
representing the DeSoto County Planning Commission, Board of Adjustment and E-911 Commission.


Fellow of Mississippi Bar Association
Member of American Bar, Mississippi Bar, Tennessee Bar, and US Supreme Court Bar, the Board of Trustees of Institutions of Higher Learning, Foundation Board for University, Lamar Order, and University Club of Memphis.

Past President of the Mississippi Association of County Attorneys, the National Association of Civil Attorneys, DeSoto County Economic Council, Board of Directors of University of MS Alumni Association, President of Mid-South Fair two terms and first President elected outside of Shelby County, President of Libertyland the year of its inauguration.

Commissioner of MS Veterans Memorial Stadium, State Committee of Employee/Employer Relations for MS National Guard, Horn Lake Creek Drainage District.

20 years in the Mississippi National Guard, retired with rank of Major.

33rd degree Mason, Shriner

Board of Director of DeSoto Bank

Executive Director of the DeSoto County Regional Utility Authority 2001 to present, serving as a liaison between all units of government (federal, state, county, and municipal) as to funding and interceptor extensions.