MCTA picks 3 finalists for director position

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The Moffat County Tourism Association board has whittled down its prospective applicants for the group's executive director from 14 to three.

The finalists are Melody Villard, a current MCTA board member; local resident Gena Hinkemeyer; and Michelle Perry, a former Daily Press reporter.

MCTA board president Tammie Thompson-Booker said each of the candidates would bring experience to the position.

Perry has a "strong" marketing and advertising background, Thompson-Booker said, which are areas board members have said they want the position to focus on.

Hinkemeyer worked as an administrative assistant for the Moffat County Commission from 2003 to 2005, so she has valuable experience working with the county, Thompson-Booker said.

"That will help (the MCTA board) in understanding county processes," she said.

Thompson-Booker also pointed to Hinkemeyer's associate's degree in business, her grant-writing experience and her work with numerous local organizations as other assets.

Villard has been working with the board since her appointment in March and understands what the group wants to accomplish, Thompson-Booker said. She also has experience in the tourism industry with her efforts to organize Sheep Wagon Days during the past several years and with marketing her own sheep ranch business.

Thompson-Booker also cited Villard's involvement with past cultural heritage tourism efforts as a noted qualification.

The MCTA board plans to interview each applicant Tuesday afternoon. Thompson-Booker said it was her hope the board would hire someone the same day.

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