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Four applicants submit paperwork for city council's upcoming appointment to unexpired term on PEDC

Four persons have submitted applications to city clerk Janice Ellis to be considered by the Paris City Council on Monday night for appointment to an unexpired term on the Paris Economic Development Corporation.

city_of_paris_logoBill Harris has resigned, effective April 1, with 27 months remaining on the 3-year term to which he was appointed last June.

The people interested in replacing Harris are:

  • Vic Ressler, owner/broker of Century 21 Executive Realty since 1981;
  • Rickey Richardson, owner for the past 17 years of Champion Motors, and a member of the Paris ISD board of trustees,
  • Rebecca Clifford, a certified public accountant for more than 35 years and the wife of Paris radiologist Steve Clifford, and
  • Kenneth Kohls, former city councilman and retired since 2008 as the longtime co-owner of Office Equipment Center. He now serves on the city’s traffic commission.

Anyone else interested in the appointment may find pick one up by noon Monday from the city clerk at the city hall annex, at 150 SE First St. or by going to

Harris said last week he is stepping down to avoid a conflict of interest. The PEDC’s legal advice comes from the city attorney’s office, and Harris’ wife, Stephanie, has just become assistant city attorney, replacing John Lestock, who retired.

Because of the February death of PEDC board chairman Doug Wehrman, Harris’ resignation would leave the PEDC with a bare quorum of three members should the council not act right away.

Because Wehrman’s term is due to end in June, the council is waiting until June to take care of that at the same time they fill make all the other new appointments to city boards and commissions.

Holdover PEDC board members are Bruce Carr and Kenny Dority, whose terms run through June 30, 2014, and Toni Clem, who was appointed with Harris last June to terms that run through June 30, 2015.