GATESVILLE — The Coryell County Economic Development Board this week set its sights on an expanded membership working under new bylaws.

The board accepted the resignation of member Jimmy Clark and named a search committee of members Barbara Burrow, Marty Smith and Fred Chavez to screen applicants to fill Clark’s seat and one vacant at-large seat on the board.

Burrow said the committee will meet with four or five people who have been suggested as possible candidates for the openings and report back to the board.

With Clark’s resignation, the board is reduced to five members. A full complement includes seven members – one nominated by each of the five county commissioners and two at-large members appointed by the board.

The board discussed a draft of bylaws that included a provision for staggered four-year terms for members, with terms of commissioners court-nominated members coinciding with the terms of the commissioners or county judge making the nomination.

Terms of board members Chavez, Eric Kietzer and the person named to fill Clark’s seat will expire in 2014, along with the terms of County Judge John Firth, Precinct 2 Commissioner Daren Moore and Precinct 4 Commissioner Justin Latham.

Smith’s and Dick Van Dyke’s terms will expire in 2016, along with the terms of Precinct 1 Commissioner Jack Wall and Precinct 3 Commissioner Don Jones.

Burrow, appointed as an at-large member by the board this year, will serve until 2017.

During discussion of the bylaws, Chavez said economic development training should be required of all members within two years of their appointments. However, Kietzer objected to the length of the three-day course at Texas A&M University.

“I am not comfortable asking my employer for time off, and I am not going to take my own time off for training,” Kietzer said,

Chavez said he would look into in-house training options and online “webinars” that don’t require out-of-town travel.

Van Dyke praised a series of video vignettes produced to promote the county and recommended the chambers of commerce in Gatesville and Copperas Cove and the Cove Economic Development Corporation be encouraged to promote the videos prominently on their websites.

The 10 vignettes or tours touting Coryell County are at the bottom of the home page of the county website at

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