UPDATE: Source Claims Wise's Former Employer Paid Her Rent
A source with knowledge of Port Arthur's City Council Incumbent D. Kay Wise's previous employment said Thursday afternoon that her assertion that she lives at 735 Stilwell is untrue and that the company, GP Industrial Contractors, based out of Port Arthur, who used to employ Wise, paid approximately $17,000 in rent for her over a 17-month period as part of her fringe benefit package.
Attempts to reach Wise for comment were unsuccessful.
The source claims that over a period from February of 2009 to July 2010, the company made nearly $17,000 in rent payments to Willow Lakes Apartments in Port Arthur before Wise moved to the 2670 Quiet Corral Lane location in Dominion Court in June 2010. The two locations are less than a mile away from each other, and both sit in Position 8. Wise represents Position 7, which is where 735 Stilwell is located in.
Wise left GP last year and is now the CEO of Port Arthur Logistics.
Port Arthur Police Chief Mark Blanton said as a result of the new information, he will meet with Port Arthur's city secretary and city attorney first thing Friday morning to discuss the matter and will forward any information necessary to the Texas Secretary of State's office.
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