The board of directors of the Galveston Central Appraisal District on Wednesday elected Thomas Farmer as its newest member, filling a seat left open by the resignation of former board member Victor Pierson.

Farmer was one of five people nominated by local taxing entities to fill the position. He was elected in a 3-1 vote of the other sitting board members. Board member Mary Trish Hanks was the only member voting against Farmer's appointment.

Farmer is the owner of Farmers Copper, a metal supplier with locations in Texas City and Galveston.

Pierson, the president and CEO of Moody Bank, resigned in January because of a conflict of interest caused by his job and his position on the board.

The board is in charge of setting the appraisal district’s budget and hiring and firing the chief appraiser. Appraisals are completed by the district’s staff, and challenges to appraisals are heard by the district’s appraisal review board.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

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