With a 4-2 vote, Gonzales Economic Development Corporation voted to recommend former Gonzales Tourism Director Clint Hille to fill the board seat vacated by outgoing Steve Sucher. Sucher announced his intention to not seek reappointment once his term expires at the beginning of this October.
The decision was split between four candidates: Meena Patel, Rob Brown, James Hamilton and Hille. Patel, a local hotel manager, and Brown, a former candidate for mayor, are both recent additions to the Main Street Advisory Board. Hamilton is an academic dean at Gonzales High School.
Ultimately, Hille’s 19 years of varied experience in city and previous involvement with the GEDC board made him stand out above the rest. Board President Dewey Smith said Hille seemed to be the most eager and capable candidate available.
Board members Tommy Cox, Larry Wehde, Andy Rodriguez and Dewey Smith voted in favor of Hille’s recommendation. Board members Dan Blakemore and Gerri Lawing voted against.
The board’s recommendation now moves to Gonzales City Council for approval.
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