MCTA narrows director search to two candidates

Tourism organization also hires new office assistant

The Moffat County Tourism Association is a step closer to naming a new director.

At its Wednesday meeting, the MCTA Board settled on two candidates for the open position to replace outgoing director Marilynn Hill.

The board will reconvene June 29 to interview both candidates, whose names will not be released until after the interview process.

Board chairwoman Kandee Dilldine said MCTA is seeking someone who is experienced in working on the Internet and would be capable of making Moffat County a formidable presence online.

“We wanted somebody with a strong marketing background, somebody who knows how to go out and get tourists and bring them here and really showcase our assets and put them in the public eye,” Dilldine said.

Hill officially announced her resignation date as May 19 in April, but she has continued to stay in her position with the search for her replacement taking longer than expected.

Dilldine said Hill’s resignation helped the board realize that a second paid position might be necessary to handle the workload.

“We’ve found through Marilynn that her job is really a full-time position, and we aren’t able to hire a full-time person because of having to pay the benefits and that kind of stuff,” Dilldine said. “We don’t have that money to set aside at this point, so we thought it would be easier to hire two people. That way, we’re pursuing part-time positions.”

The board hired Gena Hinkemeyer as an office assistant June 15, with an undetermined start date.

Dilldine said the duties of the office assistant job have not been completely defined because it is a new position.

“She’ll be tasked with doing a lot of input for bills, typing emails, answering phones, just all kinds of administrative assistant things,” she said. “She’s familiar with the county, so she knew a lot of the workings of the system already. She’s a very organized person and very task-oriented, so she can get a lot done in a short amount of time. And she’s just a personable person, willing to work with the public.”

Dilldine said the group originally planned to fill the director position first so Hill’s replacement could select the office assistant.

But, the timing didn’t work out.

“We wanted to be able to have somebody be in the office now and get started on things,” Dilldine said. “Just knowing Gena, I think she’d be able to work with anyone.”

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