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CVB to wait until 2012 to hire new director

Posted: November 9, 2011 - 12:14am  |  Updated: November 9, 2011 - 2:03am

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The Columbia County Convention and Visitors Bureau likely won’t get a new leader until next year.

After five years with the CVB, executive director Beda Johnson resigned last month. Johnson would not comment on her resignation and CVB officials only would say she intends “to pursue other interests.”

Last week, CVB board Chairman Surinderjit Singh said the board plans to wait until at least Dec. 31 before starting the search for a replacement for Johnson. He called it “a cooling period.”

Singh said the CVB board hopes to meet with county commissioners to discuss the direction of the organization dedicated to promoting the county as a tourist destination.

“We are at a stage where we need to ... interface with the county before we can take a proper direction. ... We don’t want to get somebody just to get somebody,” Singh said.

Those discussions are needed, Singh said, to determine a job description for the next executive director.

“We need to discuss directions and responsibilities of the CVB and its executive director (with county officials),” he said. “We won’t develop a job description until those discussions conclude.”

Seeking input from commissioners is imperative, Singh said, because it is the commission that assigns to the CVB the bulk of its funding with the hotel/motel tax.

“I really don’t know how they are thinking,” Singh said of commissioners.

Though Singh admits the commission and CVB board have “conflicting issues on (the) purpose of” the organization, he didn’t elaborate on those differences.

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