Treasurer of tourism board resigns in Lowndes County

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COLUMBUS, Miss. – For the second time in two months, Lowndes County supervisors must act on a vacancy on the board that oversees the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The Commercial Dispatch reported (http://bit.ly/1jDGHpj) Bart Wise resigned this week after serving on the board since 2011. He was the board’s treasurer.

County supervisors will meet Monday to formally accept his resignation.

Wise, president of Trustmark National Bank in Columbus, was the county’s appointee from the business community.

Supervisor Harry Sanders says officials in the past have worked with the board of the Golden Triangle Development LINK economic development group to develop recommendations for the seat held by Wise.

The board is expected to fill the seat by March 14.

There are two years remaining on Wise’s term, which expires in February 2016.

After Leon Ellis, a county at-large appointee, informed supervisors last month that he would not seek reappointment, they named Lester King as his replacement.

Long-time Columbus at-large appointees Whirllie Byrd and Nadia Dale were recently reappointed to the board by councilmen for 4-year terms.

The Lowndes Board of Supervisors and Columbus City Council each appoint two at-large CVB board members as well as a representative of the business community and a hotel representative. The ninth seat is appointed by Sanders and Columbus Mayor Robert Smith. That seat has been vacant since Harvey Myrick was removed from the post in 2013.

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Information from: The Commercial Dispatch, http://www.cdispatch.com

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