CRESTVIEW — The Community Redevelopment Agency held a special meeting Monday evening to decide compensation for its new director.

Alisa Burleson will take over CRA duties from Brenda Smith, who recently retired from the position.

At the start of her contract, Burleson will earn a $60,000 annual salary with an increase of $5,000 after she has received state CRA certification. 

Councilmember Bill Cox said, “it’s unclear [at the present time] whether the additional $5,000 will be a bonus or a salary increase."

Crestview’s CRA district, established in 1995, today encompasses much of downtown, plus Twin Hills Park and Martin Luther King Avenue, areas that were added when the district expanded in 1998.

It aims to combat blight. 

The agency's duties end in 2025, unless the board requests an extension from Okaloosa County.