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CRVA Chief Stays, But Without Contract

The embattled CEO of the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority will stay on the job, but without an employment contract. The CRVA board notified the mayor and city council yesterday that it would keep Tim Newman as chief executive of the tourism agency, but would not renew his contract which expired June 30. Newman has been criticized by some city officials for entertainment expenses and staff bonus policies, as well as ongoing financial troubles at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Councilman Michael Barnes led an effort to temporarily withhold city funds from the CRVA. He says the decision to retain Newman without a contract is promising. "What it does for me is essentially indicate they are trying to be responsive to the concerns of the council," says Barnes. "I think they are taking what they believe to be appropriate steps to address our concerns." Barnes has not called for Newman's ouster, but Mayor Anthony Foxx has expressed serious doubts about the CRVA chief's leadership. Foxx declined to comment on the CRVA board decision to keep Newman around. The board said in a statement it reached the decision after "considerable discussion concerning immediate issues and longer term strategic direction for the CRVA."