The Denton Central Appraisal District Building in Denton.

The Denton Central Appraisal District agreed to pay outgoing chief appraiser Rudy Durham $92,040 in severance, among other benefits, to secure his retirement last month. 

According to documents obtained through an open records request, the district also agreed to pay Durham's retiree insurance premiums through March 2021 to continue his health insurance coverage. In addition, the district agreed to pay out any leave Durham had accrued during his tenure. 

At the time of his retirement effective Nov. 21, Durham was earning $184,073 annually in base pay. 

DRC_Rudy Durham

Rudy Durham

Durham was first employed by the district in 1986, climbing his way to the top post several years ago after former chief appraiser Joe Rogers retired. 

Durham also is the mayor of Lewisville and would have had to resign his seat under new requirements of Senate Bill 2, which forbids such dual office-holding. 

In April 2018, the district board hired an outside law firm to investigate the district's management practices. The district has shielded some documents in the investigation from public view, citing a U.S. Department of Justice interest in the case


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