Tourism board member replaced

GREENFIELD — Another proponent of change in how local tourism is touted has been removed from the Hancock County Tourism Commission.

Joni Romeril-Cox was not re-appointed to the commission. Her term expired, and Hancock County Commissioners on Tuesday appointed Rosalie Richardson to take her place.

The move follows Mayor Dick Pasco’s decision in August to remove Ellen Fischer, another vocal advocate for change, from the board. The commission is made up of a mix of city and county appointees; the commissioners re-appointed Brigette Jones and Earl Smith to the commission on Tuesday.

The tourism commission, which formed in 2011 to oversee revenue from the county’s 4 percent innkeeper’s tax, has had a difficult time as members have clashed over how money should be handled. Some favor doling out most of the money to the Hancock County Visitors Bureau, which has long been charged with promoting tourism in the county. Others – like Romeril-Cox – advocated a new approach and criticized bureau director Dave Scott for not doing enough to bring visitors to the area.

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