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CRVA Responds To Controversy Over Bonus Payment

Charlotte's tourism authority issued a memo in response to criticism over $100,000 in bonus payments that an employee received courtesy of the CIAA conference. However, the memo doesn't clear up where the CRVA stands on bonus payments. The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority's letter to Mayor Foxx and city council is not straightforward. On one hand, it says the best way to reward excellence is "through the regular CRVA pay plan, including annual review and evaluation." But it also says CRVA will continue to negotiate contracts that call for fees to be paid to employees for "services performed." Still, the letter from CRVA Board Chairman Derick Close says the Visitors Authority will restructure its deal with the CIAA to resolve any problems. In the case at issue, the CIAA provided $100,000 that went to visitor's authority employee Ereka Crawford-Brim for her work on the conference's basketball tournament. The CRVA has an ethics policy that prohibits employees from taking gifts from outside groups. But the CIAA didn't give the money directly to Crawford-Brim. Instead, it routed the money through the visitor's authority, which in turn paid her. Earlier this week, Mayor Anthony Foxx said he was frustrated with the visitor's authority and called for an explanation. Meanwhile, the CRVA has scheduled a special meeting for Monday morning to discuss the performance of an employee. No details were provided; the notice simply says the board will issue a statement afterward.