KRUM -- Krum Mayor Terri Wilson announced plans to cut her term short by about five months to commit to a new job she landed in Celina, in Collin County.
The Celina City Council hired Wilson as the city’s Main Street program executive director in a special meeting last month.
Because of the time commitment of her new position, Wilson said, she plans on serving as mayor until January to allow for a smoother transition for Krum. Her term was scheduled to end in May.
More than 20 people applied for the executive director position, and Wilson was among six finalists, said Celina City Manager Mike Foreman.
Celina Main Street board President Alfred Arias said Wilson was the strongest candidate and had the qualities needed to be successful.
To help determine the best candidate for the position, Foreman said, he formed a review committee of city stakeholders to interview each applicant. The council received a recommendation from the committee, unanimously picking Wilson.
“Although it was a very difficult decision, the selection panel voted to recommend Ms. Terri Wilson, based on her experience, resolve and qualifications for the role,” Arias said. “I am very confident that Terri will do an outstanding job.”
As the Main Street executive director, Wilson will work to bring businesses and visitors to the historic downtown district. She also will lead event planning and development.
Her first goal as executive director is to complete the 10-point criteria required by the Texas Historical Commission for Main Street programs throughout the state.
The 10 points include maintaining an adequate operation budget and putting together a master plan for development.
She said she looks forward to holding at least one event on the square a month. The city’s next featured Main Street event is Christmas in Celina.
“Her past experience as mayor of the city of Krum and her knowledge of project management, activity planning and experience with grants and fundraising will provide Main Street and the preservation board with the direction and vision it needs to prepare for our growth and challenges our city will face in the coming years,” Arias said.
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