The Gila County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to elect Star Valley Attorney and Town Manager Tim Grier to replace resigning board member Scott Flake on the board of the Industrial Development Authority (IDA).
The IDA has about $300,000 on hand to promote economic development throughout the county, on top of the $600,000 it has spent in recent years.
However, the IDA has been criticized in the past for spending most of its money on South County economic development projects, such as a car racetrack for the Globe Fair Grounds, while never really kick-starting any projects.
In addition, critics have complained the board did not fully account for past projects and has spent an inordinate amount of money on attorney’s fees, instead of actually funding projects with a county-wide impact.
Gila County District 1 Supervisor Tommie Martin recommended Grier to replace Flake, after balking at previous recommendations from the board itself.
“Scott Flake works for Wells Fargo in their bond department. The IDA told him, ‘You can go to the creek, but you can’t swim — you can be on the board but not vote on anything,’” Martin said.
“Tim Grier has offered to be on the board. He is a lawyer and has knowledge of bonds. The Town of Star Valley has no issue with him joining the IDA.”
Supervisor John Marcanti agreed with Martin’s suggestion.
“I have met with him and he would be an excellent choice,” said Marcanti.
Grier’s appointment will run until July 15, 2019.