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Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership
H-GAC Board of Directors
by John David Suayan
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Houston-Galveston Area Council Board of Directors today voted unanimously to appoint Chuck Wemple as the next H-GAC executive director.

Wemple, who currently serves as the H-GAC Director of Operations, will succeed Jack Steele, whose retirement will be effective June 1, 2018. The H-GAC will pay Wemple a salary of $193,875 per year in addition to an $800 monthly car allowance and other benefits.

The board met in executive session prior to the vote.

“I want to thank you all for your vote of confidence and trust,” said Wemple. “I’m excited, honored, and humbled all at the same time.”

The board voted unanimously to honor Steele for his more than 43 years of service to the H-GAC and designate him as executive director emeritus. Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner R. Jack Cagle read a proclamation recognizing the soon-to-be departing executive director.

Steele praised the present and previous members of the board setting the H-GAC on a positive direction.

“I challenge you to ensure that the next period in the service life of this organization is the greatest period of service we ever had,” he said.

The board voted unanimously to make the following three H-GAC advisory committee appointments:

  • Walter P. Sass to the Area Emission Reduction Credit Organization
  • Justin Sosa and Rissie Owens to the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee

The board voted unanimously to amend H-GAC Rounds 1 and 2.2 Methods of Distribution for Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Funds to reflect new reallocation amounts of deobligated, non-housing federal funds in accordance with H-GAC reallocation process.

The board voted unanimously to recognize Dee Ann Haney on the completion of her service.

Ken Clark and Gerald Roznovzky cast the opposing votes to an item approving priority ranking for FY19 criminal justice funds and authorize resolution to submit priority lists to the Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division.

All other agenda items were approved unanimously. Agenda

Meeting audio: Part I (86:20) Part II (12:05)

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