Hugh Stump has been fired as director of Greater Gadsden Tourism

Hugh Stump was fired Wednesday as executive director of Greater Gadsden Tourism.

The vote took place at the end of the Etowah County Tourism Council meeting at The Venue at Coosa Landing.

The board also voted to offer the position of interim director to Tynette Lynch, director of hospitality and tourism for the city of Hoover.

Board member Craig Inzer Jr., president of the Etowah County Commission, made a motion to immediately terminate Stump’s employment. Attala Mayor Larry Means seconded the proposal.

The board went into executive session before voting. Inzer, Means, board vice chair Jamie Moore, board secretary Kirkland Back and Lana Gaskin Bellew voted to fire Stump. Board President Kendall Hamilton, Jeff Overstreet and Sidney Butler Gunter voted to retain him.

Nanda Patel, whose status as a representative of the hotel industry is reportedly in dispute as she no longer owns a hotel, abstained.

Stump has served as director of tourism since September 2009. He previously served as executive director of the Oxford (Miss) Convention and Visitors Bureau, and prior to that was manager of planning and marketing for the City of Oxford.

“It’s a shame, but I enjoyed my time here,” Stump said in a phone interview after the meeting. “I love working here and thank all the people who have supported me and Etowah County tourism.”

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