Area banker Rick Crawford last week officially rejoined the new board of directors for the Columbia County Convention and Visitors Bureau, while the remaining CVB staffer resigned.
County commission Chairman Ron Cross named Crawford to the board, and fellow commissioners confirmed that selection during a Tuesday meeting.
Among the first tasks of the newly-formed, seven-person CVB board will be to fill one vacancy on the CVB staff and decide whether to fill another. On Thursday, Shelly Clark, the CVB’s associate director of sales and marketing, confirmed that she has resigned effective July 11, while executive director Beda Johnson resigned seven months ago.
“We need to get started on that as soon as possible,” Crawford said.
In addition to Crawford, board members are hoteliers Surinderjit Singh and Ken Shah, real-estate agent Laurie Vanover, restaurateur Aubrey Nesbitt, retiree Chris Noah, and journalist Jennifer Miller.
The previous CVB board disbanded in April following complaints the 12-person group was too unwieldy. Before dissolving, they approved changes to the bylaws to decrease the size to seven members appointed by commissioners.
The changed bylaws of the CVB brings it in line with other county government committees, with three members appointed by Cross and other commissioners picking one each. Previously, CVB employees or the board recruited members.
Crawford, Singh, Shah, Vanover and Nesbitt all belonged to the previous board. Only Noah and Miller are new.
Members of the new board will serve until Dec. 31. Commissioners can then choose to re-appoint them, or find someone else.
The group next meets as a full board at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the first-floor conference room of Building C at the Evans Government Center.
“Now they will meet and elect officers,” said Columbia County Administrator Scott Johnson in an email. “Once that is done, they will begin the search for a new executive director. Collectively, they will then decide if other positions are needed.”