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UPDATED: Carr resigns from PEDC board of directors

Bruce Carr

The longest-serving member of the Paris Economic Development Corp. board has resigned about four months before his term was scheduled to end.

“I did resign from the PEDC board, effective Jan. 28,” Bruce Carr said. “I wanted to allocate my time to other activities, so I thought it was time to leave.”

Carr, whose seat expires in June, declined to elaborate on what those “other activities” might be.

“They’re personal,” he said. “I’d prefer not to say.”

It is not clear whether the City Council will appoint someone to serve the next few months or wait until June and fill the seat for a full term, which is an approach the council has taken in the past.

“I hate for him to resign,” PEDC board Chair Rebecca Clifford said. “We will definitely miss him, because he contributed a lot to the board. He wanted more time to devote to activities, and I can understand that.”

Mayor A.J. Hashmi said the decision about an appointment was up to the City Council.

“They have four people, so there does not need to be a rush, I think,” he said.

Carr was the last member of the previous board, having served since 2011. With his departure, none of the directors have yet served a year.

Clifford was appointed to the board in March to fill out the term left by Lamar County Court-at-Law Judge Bill Harris, who resigned his seat to avoid a conflict of interest after his wife, Stephanie, was named assistant city attorney. Her term is up in 2015.

Vicki Ballard and David Turner were named to the board in June. Turner was appointed to a 3-year term expiring in 2016. Ballard was chosen to fill a vacancy left by Kenny Dority, who moved out of the city limits and had to give up his seat. Her term expires this year.

Stephen Grubbs, chief executive officer of Paris Regional Medical Center, was sworn in as the newest member in November to serve out the unexpired term of Toni Clem. Clem resigned in October, expressing dismay at the turn the PEDC board had taken as a result of other recent PEDC appointments. His term expires in 2015.