County tourism agency ready for 'new era'

July 02, 1997


Staff Writer

The Washington County Commissioners bid farewell to the former executive director of county tourism while welcoming the new director at their meeting Tuesday.

Ben Hart, who will take office Aug. 17, shook hands with the commissioners. "After reading the newspapers and watching the TV, I think the honeymoon is already over," he said.

"Well, everybody gets a honeymoon," said Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook. "We look forward to the new era and the new beginning."


Hart said he had been on a whirlwind tour of the county and liked what he saw. "It's a fabulous area with a lot to offer," he said.

The commissioners gave outgoing Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Leroy Burtner with a certificate of appreciation.

The CVB transition team asked for a $75,000 line of credit and asked the commissioners to pay more than $42,000 in bills left over from the previous administration.

CVB transition team President Ron Stansbury told the commissioners that bills kept turning up that the team hadn't been aware of, including a $5,000 bill for advertising and $500 in credit card bills.

The largest unpaid bill was $37,000 for a new brochure, Stansbury said.

Stansbury asked the commissioners to start out the new board with a clean slate.

The commissioners agreed to pay the $42,000, and to pay the salaries of the two county employees still working at the tourism offices until Sept. 1.

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