MCTA director announces resignation



Marilynn Hill

Marilynn Hill, Moffat County Tourism Association executive director, announced Sunday she would soon be leaving the organization.

In a letter addressed to MCTA Board Chairwoman Kandee Dilldine and copied to the Moffat County Commission, Hill wrote that her last day would be May 19.

“This gives the board a full six weeks to search for a new executive director and for me to transfer the knowledge I have gained onto the new director,” Hill wrote in the letter. “It also allows time for the MCTA to complete the marketing research and to move to the next steps in the process in a seamless manner.”

Hill was hired as MCTA executive director in March 2010 as one of two finalists — the other was Craig resident Melody Villard.

Dilldine said she expects the tourism board will soon start to advertise for Hill’s position, but noted she is “really not sure — I have to talk to the board on Wednesday and find out what their thoughts are.”

“I’m sad that she is leaving,” Dilldine said. “I like Marilynn, I think she has done some good things for MCTA — number one, bringing (marketing company) Hill Aevium on board — and I think it is unfortunate that she is resigning.”

Dilldine expects the board to look for a replacement executive director with strong marketing skills.

“Yeah, we’ll move forward without her, but of course it is going to be more work on the board’s part if we don’t find a director right away,” she said. “But, hopefully we can find somebody within a month and a half and not have too much of a lapse in time when we don’t have a director.”

In her letter, Hill wrote she is in a “precarious position.”

“(It is) one which forces me to choose a full-time opportunity for employment and supporting my family over an opportunity in the community and MCTA where a longer tenure would have been preferable if it were able to pay a working salary,” she said. “But alas, the position as it exists with MCTA is only able to provide part-time hours.”

Hill said she would start a full-time position with The Copy Shop after May 19.

She said recent proposals from the Craig Chamber of Commerce and Villard made in February to control oversight of Moffat County’s 1.9-percent lodging tax rather than MCTA weren’t major factors in her decision to leave.

“I think that we have a strong board in place now and it is a very independent board, and I believe it has strong enough individuals on it that can overcome any what I call ‘institutional thinking’ that has plagued MCTA in the past,” she said.

Hill said she would continue to work on her Planet Yampa project — an idea for a large-scale greenhouse and hydroponic food business in Moffat County.

“I will be putting a lot of effort into making that happen, so I am working diligently to have everything ready to go come June 1 when we expect to have the funding in place,” she said.

Hill wrote in her letter the last year was “full of both turmoil and growth,” yet rewarding.

“I am pleased that during my tenure, the MCTA expanded its reach, overcame extensive challenges, found its voice by moving forward with a great vision, has a full board seated, and of course I am most pleased with the efforts by the board in supporting a professionally managed marketing research strategy, the results of which will set into motion a solid foundation for future successful marketing programs,” she said.

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Colette Erickson 5 years, 12 months ago

Hmmm, don't think Ms. Villard would be quitting at this juncture. MCTA should go begging on their knees to her, and hope that she would reconsider this position.


lonelyone 5 years, 12 months ago

This is just one more hurdle for MCTA to overcome. They have proven they are able to handle such things. I'm sure they will find someone who will be a good fit. I'm not sure Mrs. Villard is it, I don't really know, but there has to be someone out there.....right??


braindead 5 years, 12 months ago

MCTA is enough of a mess without adding Ms. Villard to the mix. Her interests, like most of that board's, are totally selfish.
Did she choose to work WITH the tourism group or anyone who was currently marketing Moffat County? No, she got mad because she didn't get the job the first two times (probably because she wasnt qualified) and decided to compete with the tourism board - even stealing projects they were working on and taking credit for them. The only thing she talks about is sheepwagon days (her dying event) and sheep ranching. It's her job to promote the KOA campground. Imagine, sucking people in to thinking theyre on an informational website or at a 'visitor center' when its all just to promote a private business. Villard has no problem doing things for her own benefit and if its all by herself, but she sure can't work in a group or with others. Villard wants mcta money to build another visitor center (cause what little town doesn't need three visitor centers?) for her empire and so she can have a real job. Look beyond the surface people.


grumpy 5 years, 12 months ago

braindead, wow! do you have an axe to grind or what? And who are you to determine Qualifications? The one thing I will say about Ms. Villard is that when she posts comments here she does not hide behind an alias, she always uses her name. The county commisioners want people they can control or that they have in their pocket. They definately do not want an independent thinker. Any time you think that a government entity can do anything better than private enterprise then you are the reason this city, county, state and nation are in the mess that they are.


westrouttrez 5 years, 12 months ago

It would appear that Mel is the most logical choice. Whatever the MCTA has been doing all this time clearly isn't working. Mel put's her heart and soul into everything she does and always does one hell of a job! The MCTA would be foolish if they didn't seriously consider her! Oh and "Braindead", I suggested removal of your hate filled post!!


Colette Erickson 5 years, 12 months ago

Sheep Wagon Days grows every year - hence the move to bigger digs out at Wyman's. Ms. Villard is an enthusiastic and extremely hard working promoter of Moffat County, across the board.


hummers 5 years, 12 months ago

Brain Dead you chose a perfect name and you do it proud. It is Mrs. Villard. Why are you so jealous of Mrs. Villard.


wellwell 5 years, 12 months ago

Ms. Hill came into MCTA at a very difficult time and remained cool. Without taking sides she brought on what was needed in a professional manner. The board is now cohesive and working toward the goals that will come from a well administrated study that will fit well with state studies. She was not one to enter arguments, but rather to get work done. She gave her whole self to a partime pay, finishing what few others could have in a full time job. We well be wishing you well on Planet Yampa and know that the Copy Shop will be getting an excellent asscoiate.


cccbuds 5 years, 12 months ago

Marillyn Hill didn't have a chance. Christine Oxley wants the job and with Daddy voting for her she is well on her way.


oneofyourvisitors 5 years, 11 months ago

Gosh, after four months, the webpage is FINALLY updated.


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