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Long resigns from tourism commission

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Mayor to appoint replacement next month

By Marty Finley

Jim Long’s time with the Elizabethtown Tourism Commission has come to an end.

Long announced his resignation, effective immediately, to Elizabethtown City Council on Tuesday following a presentation on recent activity at the Elizabethtown Tourism & Convention Bureau.

Long did not cite a reason for the resignation during the meeting but thanked the city for the opportunity to serve. Long told the council he wants to be remembered as one of the contributors to the construction of the Elizabethtown Sports Park through a 2 percent restaurant tax, which Long described as the right decision for the city.

He also pointed to the renovation of the Historic State Theater and financial contributions made by tourism for the Elizabethtown Nature Park and the Hardin County Veterans Tribute as accomplishments.

Filling the role of both chairman and treasurer at different times during his tenure, Long served nine years on the tourism commission.

During a phone interview after the meeting, Long said he resigned because Mayor Tim Walker informed him he would not be reappointed at the expiration of his term in March. He cited unfair treatment through the process but did not elaborate further.

Because members serve at the will of the mayor, Long said, he felt it best to resign and give Walker room to recommend his replacement.

Walker said he contacted Long a few weeks ago to inform him he would not recommend his re-ppointment to council members once the term expired. When asked why, Walker said he decided to move in another direction with the position.

Walker said he did not “skirt the issue” with Long and made his intentions clear to the council. Likewise, he said he does not believe Long was mistreated in any way by the city.

Walker likely will recommend Long’s replacement to the council early next month.

Sherry Murphy, executive director of the ETCB, said Long’s contributions will be missed.

“I hate to see him go,” she said. “We’ve been able to accomplish a lot the last 10 years.”

Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762 or mfinley@thenewsenterprise.com.