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Perez stepping down from DIA, Meeks named to replace him

By David Chapman, Staff Writer

The Downtown Investment Authority board is losing another original member.

Paul Perez, an executive vice president and chief compliance officer of Fidelity National Financial Inc., is stepping down.

“We’ll miss his presence but know that he and Fidelity will continue to be supporters of our mission,” board Chair Oliver Barakat said in a letter to the board.

Perez was one of Mayor Alvin Brown’s five appointments to the board when it was created last year.

In his place, Brown has appointed Jack Meeks, a certified fraud examiner, president of Jack Meeks & Associates and a member of the former Jacksonville Economic Development Commission.

His office is at 1354 N. Laura St. in Springfield.

Perez’s departure is the fourth announced since the nine-member board was formed.

Don Shea stepped down in January to lead the economic development efforts for St. Tammany Parish in Louisiana. Jim Bailey, publisher of the Daily Record, announced his resignation in September, but is still serving until City Council President Bill Gulliford names a replacement. Donald Harris, the organization’s first chair, left for a job in Houston in October.

Legislation for Meeks’ appointment was introduced Tuesday at City Council. Legislation for Harris’ replacement, attorney Craig Gibbs, was introduced two weeks ago.

dchapman@baileypub.com

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