Councilman Tony Young is asking Mayor Jerry Sanders to reappoint two members of the board of the Southeastern Economic Development Corp.

In a memo sent to the mayor today, Young asks Sanders to reappoint board members Derryl Williams and D. Cruz Gonzalez. Gonzalez and Williams have been vocal in their opposition to SEDC board Chairman Artie M. “Chip” Owen and both raised concerns about SEDC’s president, Carolyn Y. Smith, prior to Smith’s firing last month.

The memo reads:

Mr. Williams and Mr. Gonzalez have done an outstanding job serving on SEDC’s Board of Directors’ since 2007. As we continue to strengthen and improve SEDC to further its mission of providing economic development, quality affordable homes, and commercial development in the 4th and 8th Districts, it is imperative that we have Board members who have demonstrated a commitment to these efforts.

Both board members had expired terms. They will likely be joined on the board by four new appointments proposed by Sanders today, who must be approved by the City Council.

The future of the three remaining board members is uncertain.


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