Tourism board refuses discussion

Staff Writer

   The monthly meeting of the Grenada Tourism Board ended in turmoil Monday as one member rallied for an executive session that never materialized.
   Jan Walton adamantly urged the board to discuss what she called the “wrongful termination” of former Executive Director Sandy Smith.
   Walton’s admonitions fell on deaf ears as members of the board adjourned the meeting and went home.
   “Sandy Smith has a right to file an injunction against this board,” Walton said, as board members gathered their things and exited the room.
   Smith was fired last month on a 3 to 2 secret ballot vote by the Tourism Commission, the legality of which has been called into question by the GrenadaStar.
   Smith took over the top spot at the Tourism Commission in early 2013. Since she took office, the Tourism office won the Hills Region Research-In-Action Award for its efforts to bolster fishing, golf, music  and history tourism to the area.

  Controversial ending

   At the end of the regular business meeting, board member Cheryl Stevens moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Member Larry Collins.
   Walton then recommended entering executive session. Collins seconded that motion.  
The motion did not pass.
   Collins voted yes. Walton voted yes. Stevens voted no. Member Larry Harges voted yes, initially, then rescinded his vote. Member Jim Legge left the meeting before the vote, leaving a tie.
   The position held by Gary Worsham is now vacant since his recent resignation.

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