Lewisville Mayor Rudy Durham has decided to retire from his long-term post as the county’s chief appraiser after a new state law forced him to choose between the two positions.
Senate Bill 2, a property tax reform act that was signed into law June 12, contains a section that prohibits county appraisal districts from employing officers or employees of taxing entities who participate in that appraisal district, such as the city of Lewisville.
Durham, the two-term mayor who has been on Lewisville’s City Council since 1994, had to choose between the mayorship and his job as the chief appraiser for the Denton Central Appraisal District. He said that after 33 years at the CAD, “it was time to make a change at the appraisal district” and he decided to retire.
Durham’s official last day will be Nov. 21, and he’ll be eligible to draw his pension after that. He said he plans to continue serving the city and “doing the same thing I’ve been doing” as mayor.
“I’ll continue showing up every week, and hopefully Lewisville maintains its good service to the community and the citizens enjoy themselves here,” Durham said.
Durham said the district has not yet named his successor.