Mayors Call for Resignation of Knoxville Tourism Chief

From the News Sentinel:
The county’s two top leaders today called for the resignation of Gloria Ray, the president and CEO of the Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corp., which has come under fire in recent weeks as officials and the media have begun looking into how the non-profit organization spends its money and how much it pays its workers.
Both Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero said they want Ray and the five-member KTSC executive committee, which sets her salary, to step down.
In addition, Burchett asked the state Comptroller of the Treasury to audit “that entity’s financial dealings” because of his “grave concerns and complete lack of confidence in the due diligence, oversight and stewardship of taxpayer dollars.”
Ray, who earned more than $411,000 in fiscal year 2011 makes about $200,000 in base salary. But, she also receives a $50,000 signing bonus, another $86,000 if she stays on through June and an additional $166,000 in bonuses for completing her contract, which expires in mid-2013, according to KTSC documents.
“I have lost total confidence in the KTSC board as it exists in light of the amount of money that Gloria’s been paid,” Burchett said.
Later this morning, Rogero called for the resignation of Ray and KTSC’s executive committee in a press conference.
Ray’s compensation is “not consistent with what the community expects,” Rogero said.
In another development this morning, KTSC Attorney Ward Phillips said a number of aspects of Ray’s compensation were properly authorized, but a number may not have been.

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