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Convention Bureau votes to pay a consultant $23,000 to search for its next executive director

Monday, June 13, 2022, 7:34 pm News Flash Archive

At this afternoon's meeting, the Greenwood Convention and Visitors Bureau went into executive session to select a consultant to find itself a new executive director. Board president Andrew McQueen announced afterwards that Logan Development Group is being hired for $23,000 plus expenses, to run the executive director search.

The GCVB has been roiled since last October over accusations of racism and discrimination in its hiring of its previous executive director. The board selected a candidate who had no tourism development experience, hiring him in a vote divided along racial lines.

He lasted only 4 months before he quit.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Ashley Farmer, who was passed over for the job, sued the GCVB for racial discrimination. Farmer is white, while the executive director chosen by the GCVB was black.

Now, Mrs. Farmer has been made interim executive director, while the lawsuit continues in the courts and while a new search is underway for a permanent executive director.

The GCVB apparently has decided to burn a significant portion of its annual budget to offload the contentious search process onto an outside firm.

To read our previous reporting on the GCVB blow-up, click here: Greenwood Convention and Visitors Bureau hires Ashley Farmer as interim executive director

Today's board meeting may be seen here: GCVB Board Meeting, June 13, 2022

John Pittman Hey
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