Darryl Martin and John Salinas were nominated and confirmed, along with the BEIC’s current board president, Jody Alaniz, at Tuesday evening’s City Council meeting.
Three board members were facing expiring terms this year, including Alaniz and board members Bill Shroyer and Jessy T. Garza.
Alaniz had served the longest. He was appointed to the board in 2005. Shroyer was appointed in 2006 and Garza had been on the board since 2007.
Garza has had a significant impact on the board in just four years. Through his efforts, board members with possible conflicts of interest were eliminated and methods for establishing budgets and reviewing applications for grants from 4B sales tax funds were changed to better conform with state law.
Mayor Santiago “Jimbo” Martinez brought up the agenda item and asked if anyone had contacted Alaniz, Shroyer and Garza about their willingness to serve another term.
Council members and City Secretary Tomas P. Saenz said they had not.
Councilman David Carabajal said there was a subsequent item on the agenda calling for the council to review possible term limits for citizens serving on boards and commission. He asked if the council should address that item first.
But Martinez suggested the council deal with the agenda item at hand and he called for nominations to the three positions.
Councilwoman Libby Spires nominated Martin, Carabajal then nominated Salinas and Mayor Pro Tem Mike Scotten nominated Alaniz.
Martinez explained that there were three nominees for three positions and suggested that the nominations cease.
The council then voted to appoint the three men by acclamation.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.