The Port Arthur News
Nederland Economic Development Corporation is poised to appoint a local Real Estate professional/school board trustee to the position of executive director.
The NEDC board will consider action to appoint Kay DeCuir to the top spot with a specific compensation package during the 4:30 p.m. meeting on Thursday at the NEDC office, 1903 Atlanta Ave., in Nederland.
DeCuir is currently a member of the Nederland Independent School District board of trustees and the executive director of the Shorkey Center in Beaumont. She is also a Texas Real Estate broker.
If approved, DeCuir will take the position vacated by Mark Rantala who resigned the post in late April after 16 months at the helm.
NEDC President Larry Ducharme said the NEDC received 24 applications for the position from applicants across the country. From there the list was whittled down to seven, then, after telephone interviews, was whittled down even more.
“Ms. DeCuir has familiarized herself with projects and has experience in Real Estate and retail,” Ducharme said. “She has local interest and local involvement in everything from the school and city to the Nederland Economic Development Corporation. I think the board is really looking forward to working with her.”
Jim Wimberly, attorney for NEDC and interim executive director, does not believe there will be a conflict of interest between the school district and the NEDC should the board hire DeCuir. The Texas constitution prevents people from holding two public offices, but research shows the defining issue is the difference between an officer versus an employee, according to an Attorney General opinion regarding a similar incident.
According to the NEDC bylaws, the board does not have to have an executive director in place in order to function. The director position is essentially that of an employee in which board approval is needed for action.