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CRVA Bonus Payments Upset Foxx; Calls Lapses A 'Pattern'

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx says he's frustrated with the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. "I am frustrated by what I see coming from CRVA," Foxx told city Council on Wednesday, according to this report in the Charlotte Observer. "It's a pattern. A Britney Spears 'Oops I did it again' pattern." The latest issue concerns $100,000 in bonus payments made to CRVA employee Erkea Crawford-Brim since 2007. The CIAA athtletic conference earmarked the payments for Crawford-Brim's work on its annaul basketball tournament. The CRVA has an ethics policy that prohibits employees from accepting "cash or gratuities" from outside its payroll. But CRVA Director Tim Newman has said the payments are OK because the payments were salary. He doesn't consider the money to be a gift. Foxx says a written response from Newman to justify the payments doesn't "add up." Councilman Any Dulin attend Wednesday's CRVA board meeting, and told the Observer it was obvious that board members didn't know about the bonus payments. From the Observer's story: When the Observer asked tourism officials to provide copies of any contractual agreements outlining the coordinator's responsibilities and compensation, the CRVA said there were none and that the compensation plan was discussed between Newman and the CIAA. The CRVA provided the Observer with a copy of a presentation that mentioned the authority would provide a dedicated employee who would coordinate events, but there is no mention of the person being paid a bonus.