MCTA director search down to 2 applicants |

MCTA director search down to 2 applicants

Brian Smith

— The Moffat County Tourism Association board interviewed five candidates for its vacant director position Thursday but came away from the meeting without making a final decision.

MCTA's director search has lasted nearly three months. Twenty-eight people applied for the position, a number MCTA narrowed to the five finalists who were interviewed at the Moffat County Courthouse.

From the five candidates, Parker resident Marilyn Hill and Craig resident Melody Villard were chosen as the two finalists.

The board also interviewed Deborah Lueck, Denise Jones and another candidate who wished to remain anonymous.

The board decided to table a final decision until Tuesday. Board members said some of the references listed by one of the two finalists could not be reached in time to make a decision.

Villard was an MCTA board alternate but stepped down a few weeks ago, MCTA board chairwoman Annie MacGregor said.

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MacGregor said the decision on the two finalists "took the board a while to reach."

"I thought we had a great pool of finalists," she said. "Each one brought their own strong suit to the position."

She also said Hill and Villard had the "strongest marketing background" of those interviewed.

The five candidates were selected from a pool that included applicants from across the country.

Villard has lived in Craig for 35 years and has worked with the MCTA for two years as a board alternate. She also is part of the Northwest Colorado Cultural Heritage Tourism program and Moffat County Farm Bureau.

Hill worked for a marketing firm that marketed specific destinations, including Colorado and other locations, by developing Web sites, CDs and DVDs, MacGregor said.

The MCTA director's position was last held by Michelle Balleck, current Craig Daily Press online content producer, who resigned in November 2009.

The director position is charged with the development of tourism within Moffat County through advertising, sponsorships and working with the media.

The MCTA board is made up of seven members and one alternate.

MCTA was established in 1989 and receives funding from the county's 1.9 percent lodging tax.

MCTA has been planning its next marketing campaign after debuting the slogan "rugged landscapes, rugged adventure, rugged Moffat County," in the fourth quarter of 2009, MacGregor said.

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