In a special session at City Hall Tuesday night, the Stephenville City Council heard the pros and cons regarding 11 applicants to fill the vacancy created by the recent resignation of Ron Mullins from the Stephenville Economic Development Authority [SEDA] board of directors. After a thorough discussion a vote was taken and the council selected long-time businessman and civic leader Wendell Hollingsworth as the latest member of the SEDA board.

Hollingsworth brings much-needed industrial and manufacturing skills to the board, whose task is expanding and encouraging the city's long-range economic development plans.

On his application for the SEDA board of directors, Hollingsworth lists his occupation as vice president of operations at local manufacturer, Fibergrate, Inc. He also serves as president of STEDCO, Erath County's other economic development corporation that, unlike SEDA, is privately funded and receives no city tax revenues.

Hollingsworth listed his special knowledge in industry citing, "Corporations, partnerships, sole proprietorships, or other legal entities formed for the purpose of making a profit and which produce or manufacture goods and services."

Mayor Kenny Weldon explained that with that position filled, the board will now proceed to elect a person to serve as its president, the position that Mullins previously held.