MCTA considers plan to replace executive director

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Marilynn Hill, executive director of the Moffat County Tourism Association, told board members Tuesday her position is slightly more expansive than the four-page description on file.

“I do all these things (in the description), but then there’s various extra marketing things done on top of this,” said Hill, who will be leaving her position May 19. “There’s probably 30- to 40-percent more stuff (that I do.)”

The job description, she said, doesn’t include specifics about marketing Moffat County.

On Tuesday, the MCTA Board hosted a workshop at the Moffat County Courthouse to discuss filling Hill’s position.

After discussing the issue, the board agreed to replace Hill with two employees.

The Moffat County Commission will have to authorize the positions before anyone is hired.

Board chairwoman Kandee Dilldine said board members are looking to have personnel requisitions in time for the county commission’s April 26 meeting.

MCTA is seeking to have one employee focus on marketing and bringing events such as conventions to Moffat County.

Hill, a part-time employee, wasn’t able to devote much time to those areas because of clerical work, Dilldine said.

A second employee would be tasked with clerical work and providing resources to local events.

Dilldine said both employees would be covered by MCTA’s current budget, which has about $47,000 allocated for employee pay, she said.

Hill said she makes about $29,000 per year, and the remaining $18,000 could be used for the second employee.

Dilldine said the board will not rush to fill the positions, but is hoping to have the new employees in place by Hill’s May 19 departure.

The last MCTA director search, she noted, lasted about three months and ended in March 2010.

MCTA is in the middle of a county marketing survey with Edwards-based Hill Aevium.

Hill said she would be willing to stay with MCTA longer if a hire hasn’t been made so the marketing project stays on track.

Board member Kerry Moe raised the idea of having a single employee replace Hill and increasing the director’s workload to 40 hours per week.

Board member Tammie Thompson-Booker said MCTA previously considered making the director a full-time employee but it wasn’t a viable option because of increased costs.

“The problem is once you tack on the benefits and other amount of monies we would need to hold aside … you might as well take all the dollars you have right now and stick them in a hole,” Thompson-Booker said.

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