Columbia County commissioners appointed new board members to the Columbia County Convention and Visitors Bureau on Tuesday.
Those members are Surinderjit Singh, Ken Shah, Chris Noah, Jennifer Miller, Aubrey Nesbitt and Laurie Vanover.
Singh, Shah, Vanover and Nesbitt belonged to the former CVB board, which disbanded last month following complaints that the 12-person group was too unwieldy. All other members are new, said CVB Interim Director Shelly Clark.
The previous board’s last act was to approve reforming with seven members appointed by commissioners.
Previously, the board was recruited by CVB personnel or other board members. It was made up of three hoteliers, three hospitality industry workers, three at-large members, one county commissioner, one Grovetown representative and one Harlem representative.
The changed bylaws of the CVB brings it in line with other county government committees, with three appointments to the board by Commission Chairman Ron Cross and one appointment from each of the other commissioners. Cross still has one more member to select.
Singh and Shah are hoteliers. Vanover is a real-estate agent. Nesbitt manages several restaurants. Noah is retired from Savannah River Site. Clark was unsure Wednesday of Miller’s occupation.
Now that the board is appointed by commissioners, county officials will take over the financial accounting for the CVB. All commission-appointed boards receive such accounting services, County Administrator Scott Johnson recently said.
The commission allocates 40 percent of the county’s lodging tax revenues to the CVB each year for operating expenses.
After the previous board disbanded, Commissioner Bill Morris said one of the first acts of the new board will be to hire an executive director to replace Beda Johnson, who resigned seven months ago.
Members of the new board will serve until Dec. 31.