The Sherman Economic Development Corp. board of directors elected new leadership during its regular meeting Tuesday morning.


Near the end of the meeting, new board member Janie Bates moved that John Sild be named the SEDCO board chairman, Brad Douglass become the vice chairman and Tom Shields become the board secretary. The motion was approved with a unanimous vote by the board.


Sild takes over for outgoing former Chairman Greg Kirkpatrick, who has led the board for the last year. Following Sild’s election, the board presented Greg Kirkpatrick with a gun case for his service.


“He has been very involved in everything that SEDCO has dealt with and has done a fantastic job,” Sild said of Kirkpatrick. “I want to personally thank him and from the board we want to thank him.”


The gun case that Kirkpatrick received for was made by Sherman’s Royal Case.


Bates was appointed to the SEDCO board earlier this month by the Sherman City Council at the same time Shields and Douglass were reappointed to new one-year terms on the board.


Bates’ appointment filled the vacancy left by the recent resignation of former board chairman Willie Steele from his position on the board after he was appointed to a seat on the Sherman council. Willie Steele was appointed to fill the unexpired term of the council’s at-large, Place 1 seat through the upcoming Nov. 7 special election after former council member Kevin Couch resigned to run for the District 62 seat in the Texas House of Representatives.


Willie Steele subsequently filed to run in the special election to fill the at-large, Place 1 council seat, as did Sherman entrepreneur Ronald Rose.


Herald Democrat Managing Editor William C. Wadsack contributed to this article.