• 52°

Tourism group poised to hire new director

By Jessie Burchette

Salisbury Post

A new tourism director is expected to be on the job here by March 1.

The Rowan County Tourism Development Authority voted unanimously Tuesday to offer the job to an undisclosed candidate.

Bill Burgin, chairman of the personnel committee, said the man is an executive director of a similar agency in the region and needs time to notify his board.

Burgin said he is confident that the man will accept the job. The offer specifies an annual base salary of $55,000.

Burgin said the person selected has spent his career in tourism including studies in college.

Judy Newman, who has been the executive director since 1989, announced plans to retire almost a year ago.

Newman will continue to work 30 days after the new executive director arrives to provide continuity.

A special personnel committee began the search for a new director in November netting 15 applications from advertisements placed in trade publications and other listings.

The committee selected five of those for interviews that were conducted in December. At that point, the committee opted to seek additional candidates, coming up with a pool of four applicants.

Burgin said three finalists were interviewed earlier this month.

In addition to Burgin, the personnel committee included Buddy Gettys, chairman of the Tourism Authority board; Millie Cress and Dan Peters, also members of the board; Jack Owens, a former chairman, and Foster Owen, a former Salisbury city human resources official.

During the special meeting, Gettys welcomed new members including Dave Redden and Krista Osterweil, both from the hotel industry.


Comments closed.


County updates health director job description, will advertise for position


Board of Elections to purchase upgraded voting equipment using federal grant


Kyle Seager drives in winning run in first game as Mariners split doubleheader with Orioles


City exhausts this year’s funds for Innes Street Improvements, Municipal Services District grant programs


Landis adopts amendments to Zoning Ordinance related to signs, Planning Board terms


Cop, police chief resign 2 days after Black motorist’s death


Expert says cop was justified in pinning down George Floyd


Blotter: April 13


County switches vaccines for Livingstone clinic after federal, state guidance


US recommends ‘pause’ for J&J vaccine over clot reports


Superintendent talks first 100 days, dives into district data


‘It was an answer to a call:’ TenderHearted Home Care celebrates 10 years of providing care at home


Political Notebook: Local polls find increasing number of North Carolinians want COVID-19 vaccine


Trial begins on challenge to latest NC voter ID law


Burch, Fisher, Marsh honored as 2021 recipients of Elizabeth Duncan Koontz Humanitarian Award


Landis board talks revenues, budget planning, department updates


College baseball: Catawba rolls 7-1 and 24-1


Student fires at officers at Tennessee school, is killed


Police: Minnesota officer meant to draw Taser, not handgun


Man receives consecutive prison sentences for sex offenses


RSS Board of Education approves Faith Elementary sale


Rowan Health Department receives 400 Pfizer, 800 Johnson & Johnson vaccines for week


Blotter: Accident in Food Lion only weekend shooting to produce injuries


Salisbury man charged with felony drug crimes