Tourist Development Director Set To Resign

By: Liza Park Email
By: Liza Park Email

Leon County Commissioners narrowly voted to approve a severance package for the Tourist Development Council Executive Director if he resigns.
After a heated debate Tuesday night (10/14/08), commissioners voted four to three to approve a severance package for Guy Thompson that will equal a little more than 75-thousand dollars.
The package includes six months pay - which amounts to about 45 thousand dollars - and half the contribution toward 18 months of health care premiums.
The Tourist Development Board called for Thompson's resignation in late September and several commissioners have publicly voiced dissatisfaction with his work.
"It kind of flies in the face of common sense that not only do we give severance for somebody who doesn't deserve it, but they haven't even formally resigned. But again, four votes - you can rule the table," says Bryan Desloge, one of three commissioners who voted against the severance package. John Dailey and Bob Rackleff also voted against the severance pay.
"We felt that our board, the majority, that this would be in the best interest of both dignity, statesmanship and a salute to what he's done in giving the last several years to the county," says Bill Proctor, one of the four commissioners who voted in favor of the severance package. Jane Sauls, Ed Depuy and Cliff Thaell joined Proctor to pass measure.
Thompson has not resigned yet, but his attorney says that he will be submitting a letter of resignation.


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  • by Ken Location: Tallahassee on Oct 15, 2008 at 08:20 AM
    I'll remember this in the election booth - throwing money away to reward unsatisfactory work. Maybe it's the only way to get rid of him, but say bye-bye DePuy too.
  • by Mike Location: Tallahassee on Oct 15, 2008 at 07:34 AM
    This is ridiculous! Voters remember next election the names: Bill Proctor, Jane Sauls, Ed Depuy and Cliff Thaell. They have clearly demonstrated that their priority is NOT the tax paying public !!!!!
  • by Big Guy Location: Up Here on Oct 15, 2008 at 05:56 AM
    Way to go! The dumbing down of America continues. Reward another incompetent executive for pi$$ poor performance. Thanks for throwing our money away, you irresponsible commissioners.
  • by spock Location: pluto on Oct 14, 2008 at 10:01 PM
    What a dead end job to begin with...People come here for state business or football(seasonal) only. Tourist Development? We can't even get a decent concert here and someone expects a person to attract tourists...for what? A museum..been there, done that..No offense guys, give us something to attract to. I can see why he's resigning.
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