Tourism Development Council Struggles to Find New Director

By: Bergen Baucom Email
By: Bergen Baucom Email

The Tourist Development Council lost and executive director before she even started. The TDC Board selected Judy Brooten a few months ago for the position and the Jackson County Board of Commissioners had selected her by resolution. But after five contract adjustments that failed to reach a mutual agreement, Brooten withdrew her name from the application.

"There's a disappointment. We were ready to start with the new position and have a new person come on board... I hope that eventually we can have a Tourism Director because I think it would be a key piece of the puzzle promoting Jackson County" said Ted Lakey, Jackson County Administrator.

Contractual issues ranged from disagreements over insurance coverage to the wording used in different areas of the contract.

"There was several things in it that we never did really resolve before [Brooten's] frustrations chose for [Brooten] to opt out" said Kenneth Stephens, Jackson County Commissioner.

But Stephens also admitted fumbles were made on both ends.
"We have a little better understanding now of the expectations of that tourist development director" he said in regards to how they handle the hiring of a director in the future.

Brooten gave us a brief statement saying she basically did not think she would be able to get what she felt she needed to carry out the job.

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