Perry Sims, who left his position as a prosecutor in the 35th District Attorney’s office last week, was appointed city attorney by the Early City Council Tuesday night.

Sims assumed the office immediately, and sat in on an executive session during which council members discussed economic development negotiations and real estate transactions. He succeeds Donnie Lappe, who stepped down as Early city attorney after serving 22 years.

Lee Haney was appointed to a two-year term as municipal judge.

The council, after a 20-minute executive session, returned to open meeting and voted to endorse the Economic Development Corpora-tion’s plans to proceed with negotiations involving the sale of unimproved EDC property to ALTUSA and Clay Forever LLC.

In other business, the council appointed Sandra Garcia to continue serving as deputy municipal court clerk, with a term ending in two years. David Gray was elected mayor pro-tem.

City Administrator Ken Thomas said the city continues to grow, with Alamo Home and Ranch Center having received a building permit for construction of a new facility. He also said Mi Familia, the locally-owned Mexican food restaurant that burned in October, has a sign indicating plans to rebuild at its former location. Specific details have not been announced, but Thomas said he understands it will be “first class” and perhaps bigger than the previous restaurant.