It might take another three months before the Columbia County Convention and Visitors Bureau starts its search for a new executive director.
After the October resignation of former executive director Beda Johnson, CVB Board Chairman Surinderjit Singh said he expected to start seeking her replacement this month.
Singh now says, though, that the board and county officials need more time to determine the direction of the CVB before hiring a new leader.
“There seems like there may be some changes in the county about what’s going on and the responsibilities of what they want the CVB to handle,” Singh said.
During a recent holiday party by the CVB, Singh said he hoped to informally discuss such issues as the direction of the CVB and a new director.
But he doesn’t expect that discussion to yield immediate results.
“All of them (county officials) have different ideas and we have different ideas,” Singh said. “We need more time.”
Seeking input from commissioners is imperative, Singh said, because it is the commission that assigns to the CVB the bulk of its funding through a share of the hotel/motel tax.
If the CVB maintains the new timeline stated by Singh, it will have been nearly six months since Johnson’s resignation before the board starts a search for a new director.
“It’s not an easy task,” Singh said. “We want to go in the right direction.”