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Perez resigns as FEDC executive director
Wilson County NewsJanuary 16, 2013 3,272 views 5 comments
FLORESVILLE -- The city of Floresville soon will see a new face at the helm of the Floresville Economic Development Corp. (FEDC), following the departure of Executive Director Jesse Perez, who tendered his resignation Jan. 9 after holding the position for almost 12 years.
Perez did not cite any specific reasons for his resignation in his letter, addressed to FEDC board President David Strozier, other than to say he is ready for a change and that now was a good time for him to leave.
Perez was hired by the city as the FEDC’s executive director in 2001 and has been at the center of both success and controversy.
The accolades from Perez’s tenure as executive director include partnering with the Alamo Colleges and the Floresville Independent School District (ISD) to bring an early college and technology center to Floresville, and helping to establish the Veterans Park, a business park near the Frank M. Tejeda Texas State Veterans Home in Floresville.
But some projects have drawn criticism from the community, such as Perez’s support for committing more than $100,000 per year to the building of a proposed sports complex, while the FEDC was delinquent in payments to Floresville ISD for promised funding for the early college program.
Floresville Councilman Jim Miller said that Perez’s legacy with the city is substantial.
“The things Jesse Perez accomplished for the city were great and will be felt for years to come,” Miller said. “He will be missed.”
The FEDC will now work to define the role and job description of the executive director as the board begins its search for Perez’s replacement, Strozier said.
“The city of Floresville is extremely appreciative of the work Jesse Perez did on behalf of the EDC,” said City Manager Andy Joslin. “He will truly be missed.”
The FEDC called an emergency meeting for Jan. 14 to accept Perez’s resignation and discuss the appointment of an interim executive director.
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