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Stephen Grubbs is the new chairman of the Paris Economic Development Corp. board of directors.
He is part of a new slate of officers that includes John Brockman as vice-chair and outgoing Chair Rebecca Clifford as secretary/treasurer.
The PEDC board selected new officers Tuesday after swearing in two new members, Brockman and Don Wilson.
“I didn’t come in expecting to be chair of the board, although I would be lying if I didn’t say I wasn’t looking forward to the opportunity,” Grubbs said. “It’s a new day, and together we will strive to exceed the expectations of our city.”
When nominations began, Wilson put Grubbs forward, seconded by Brockman and approved by unanimous vote.
“Your job,” Clifford said. “Congratulations.”
Wilson nominated Brockman as vice chairman. Brockman tried to nominate Wilson for treasurer, but he declined. Wilson then nominated Clifford. Both votes were unanimous.
Both Clifford and Grubbs welcomed the new members, who were appointed by the City Council on Monday.
“We’re very fortunate to have men like you who care so deeply about our city on the board,” Grubbs said. “Thank you for your willingness to serve.”
He praised the staff, saying Shannon Barrentine, interim executive director, has been very professional during a time of uncertainty.
The board also recognized departing member Vicki Ballard, who stayed just long enough to receive a plaque and say good-bye.
“Out of 20 meetings, I’ve only missed four,” she said as she walked out the door.
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