Visit Longmont director resigns
Last Updated: 17:01 September 9, 2013
Visit Longmont will start a national search for a new executive director soon, said Anne Schmid, president of the board. Ward said in a resignation letter that he had found a new job, but did not give details about what it would be, Schmid said. Ward was not immediately available for comment on Monday.
Visit Longmont’s budget comes from the city of Longmont’s 2 percent lodging tax on all hotels, motels and bed and breakfast locations. In 2012, the city collected $283,947 in lodging tax revenue. The lodging tax revenue also is used to make tourism grants.
Ward was hired in December 2011. His annual salary was $70,000, Schmid said. Under his leadership, the marketing group’s name changed to Visit Longmont from the Longmont Area Visitors Association, and the group put up a new website, among other things.
Ward was the second executive director to leave the job in the past three years. He previously was director of the Orange County, Virginia, Visitors Bureau.
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