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March 7, 2014

Meet before taking seat?

PCHD director asks to meet recommended board appointee before voting on approval


Board member Jamie Bodiford asked, “Can we not talk about this? Can we go into executive session?”

PCHD Chief Executive Officer Randall Young told the board that Welsh, a native of Alabama, was a retired Peaster teacher and coach who also lived and taught in Arizona and Utah and has a master’s degree. Welsh’s husband is a ferrier and the couple, who have four grown children, own land off Authon Road in northwest Parker County, according to Young.

“Marie is a sharp individual,” Young said. “I spent two hours talking to her on my own and then she came in and visited yesterday. I thought we had six outstanding candidates. I didn’t think we could really go wrong with any of them. And I’m pleased with the selection you are recommending.”

“It’s been a number of years since the district has had to do this but the district has had to do this before,” the district’s attorney, Brian Jackson said. “I think the last time the district filled an unexpired term it took four months maybe to do that and a number of meetings to go through to do that. So the chairman appropriately decided that the process would be that a committee would be appointed to personally interview the candidates because a committee can do that without being in a regular meeting. And then, as the agenda indicates, there is a possible vote. That does not have to be today.

"That is at your discretion whether or not to do that. The committee has made recommendation but certainly for the full board, you can take those resumés and look at those and hear what the recommendation is today. You can decide to vote today or you can decide to vote next month. There is no requirement that that position be filled within any certain amount of time.”

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