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Johnson tourism plans plod ahead
BSN Staff Report

PAINTSVILLE — There was no quorum present, but three members of Paintsville's Tourism and Convention Commission went to work anyway Monday evening on a plan to restructure the agency's management.

The commission had planned to initiate the reorganizational plan in a work-session special meeting Monday, but came up one member short of a quorum.

Chairman Ray Tosti and commissioners David Wright and Scott Perry were present, and decided to prepare job descriptions for the agency's executive director post and business manager position for review by the full commission at its April meeting.

The reorganization was discussed briefly by members about three months ago, and requests were sent out to various tourism agencies around the state for their criteria used in filling top management positions.

When the commission made that move earlier this year, it touched off a firestorm of criticism from supporters of current executive director Jim Williams, who indicated in a newspaper interview that he felt the panel was putting him out of work.

Tosti said the reorganization plan was not an attempt to replace Williams, but a necessity now that the tourism agency has assumed control of the Mountain HomePlace; will be responsible for building and managing a Country Music Highway museum and theater; and has taken over all financial responsibilities associated with the collection of city restaurant and hotel/motel taxes.

Commissioners present Monday could find no job description on file for Williams' current post, but decided to use parts of various other tourism job criteria to develop a model for the Paintsville post.

No official action could be taken by the trio Monday.

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