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City hires tourism director

Modified: Thursday, Jun 6th, 2013


Lee McMichael was hired June 6 as Page tourism director, the city’s third attempt to fill the job since converting it from a independent contractor to staff position about a year ago.

McMichael, of Valdosta, Ga., will be paid $62,500 per year and the city will pay for his move to Page, according to Mayor Bill Diak.

McMichael will report to City Manager Rick Olson. His first day on the job will be June 24.

City council met in executive session June 5 to prepare an offer of employment for McMichael, who was recommended by the Page Tourism Board, which chose him from among a handful of candidates at its May 6 meeting.

He visited Page last week.

According to his Linkedin page, McMichael spent a year as vice president of marketing and tourism for the Hendry County (Fla.) Economic Development Council and more than six years as director of sales for the Valdosta-Lowndes County Conference Center & Tourism Authority.

"We're optimistic," Diak said. "Having not had someone in that position for 10 months, we're excited to get someone of his caliber."

In March, council hired former local radio reporter Jim Wagoner as tourism director, but he resigned before taking the job. Last fall, Steve Ward died shortly after accepting the position.

Ward had been the first hire after council revised the job description to make it part of city staff. Prior to that, Vin Paitoon performed essentially the same duties as an independent contractor.



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