The Erath County Central Appraisal District (ECCAD) board of directors will hold a special meeting today to tie up loose ends after firing Chief Appraiser Jerry Lee last week.
Lee had spent 23 years with the appraisal district before his employment was terminated in a melee of controversy. It was a months-long battle that pitting Lee and district employees against three of the board’s five members and others in the community who were unpleased with Lee’ “bad attitude” and “unfair treatment.”
In addressing the short agenda, the board will appoint an interim chief appraiser to replace Lee until a full-time replacement can been hired. Following the board’s decision to terminate Lee, they offered the interim position to ECCAD Senior Appraiser Don Fulton. While Fulton has not formerly accepted the appointment, he is expected to accept the offer at today’s meeting.
The board will also make an amendment to the district’s 2009 budget. The adjustment is being made to accommodate Lee’s severance package, which totals more than $100,000 and includes a clause protecting the board and appraisal district from a lawsuit.
The ECCAD Board meets at 1 p.m. at the appraisal district office, located at 1390 Harbin Drive.