Five board members have been picked to lead the new public corporation that will lead Pasco's efforts to revitalize downtown.
The city council unanimously appointed five people to the Downtown Pasco Development Authority board Monday.
Pasco created the development authority in December to take over downtown efforts previously led by the volunteer-run Pasco Downtown Development Association.
The executive board of the association is continuing to operate the Pasco Specialty Kitchen and the Pasco Farmers Market until the transition is complete.
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The new board members are Miguel Angulo, owner of Mi Casa Furniture, Wanda Buddrius, Bank of West branch manager, Carl Holder, owner of EPOC Trading Co., Michael Miller, vice president and co-owner of Moon Security, and Shirley Reese, vice president of Desert Star Electric.
City Manager Gary Crutchfield said the city will look for applicants to fill the other four seats on the board. The goal was to get a majority of the members appointed so the board can start organizing while other members are found, he said.
John Talbott of Pasco told the city council he thought the public corporation effort could be successful.
But he expressed concern with the decision-making authority the city manager seemed to have with the new corporation.
Crutchfield said his intent was to get the corporation started, then the board will make decisions. He said the language in the ordinance can be changed if necessary.
-- The city council unanimously agreed with Crutchfield's recommendation to appoint Richland attorney Dave Petersen as the city's part-time municipal court judge. Petersen will replace retiring Judge Mary Ramirez as of the beginning of June. Petersen has served as a judge pro tem for the city for 11 years.