Lewisville Mayor Rudy Durham decides to complete term following retirement as chief appraiser

(Anna Herod/Community Impact Newspaper)
(Anna Herod/Community Impact Newspaper)

(Anna Herod/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Lewisville Mayor Rudy Durham said he plans to finish out his term, which ends in May 2021. (Courtesy city of Lewisville)
Lewisville Mayor Rudy Durham said he plans to finish out his term, which ends in May 2021, despite his earlier statements that he would resign at the end of the year due to a new state law.

Durham said in June that he would end his 25-year post as an elected official so that he could continue to work as the Denton Central Appraisal District’s chief appraiser. The announcement came after Senate Bill 2, which prohibits elected officials from working for an appraisal district, was passed by the Texas Legislature.

However, Durham’s plans have changed since then. Documents show that Durham submitted his resignation and agreed to retire from the appraisal district Nov. 21.

“Durham acknowledges that the DCAD Board of Directors has expressed dissatisfaction with his performance and desires a change of leadership for DCAD as soon as possible,” Durham’s severance agreement stated.

According to his severance agreement, the appraisal district agreed to pay Durham $92,040 by the end of the year. Additionally, the district will pay out Durham’s accrued paid leave as well as his retiree insurance premiums through March 2021.

Durham told Community Impact Newspaper that he plans to continue having a professional career in a real estate-related industry.

“Oh, yes. I plan to finish my term and possibly further along in the future,” Durham said.

Durham added that he hopes to see Castle Hills get annexed into Lewisville before his term is over and for progress to be made on the construction of I-35E.
By Anna Herod

Anna Herod covers local government, education, business and the environment as the editor of Community Impact Newspaper's Lewisville/Flower Mound/Highland Village edition. In the past, Anna served as the reporter for Community Impact's San Marcos/Buda/Kyle paper. Her bylines have appeared in the Austin American-Statesman, Hays Free Press and The Burleson Star. She is a graduate of Texas State University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication.


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