GLASGOW — The new executive director of the Glasgow-Barren County Tourist and Convention Commission received a pay increase on Tuesday.

MacLean Lessenberry was hired as the tourist commission's new executive director in June 2019, filling a vacancy left by Ann Stewart, who retired the previous month.

The tourist commission met in closed session Tuesday to discuss a personnel matter. After resuming its open session, Robert Smith, chairman, announced that no action had been taken during the closed session. He then said he had a proposal he wanted to present.

“We've got an employee who has passed her probationary period. She's been here over six months,” he said. “I would like to recommend that the board begin to pay MacLean's cell phone bill in the amount of $75 per month.”

The tourist commission approved the motion.

Smith continued that when the tourist commission hired Lessenberry, her salary was of “considerable difference.”

“Again, I feel like she has past her probationary period. She's headed in the right direction and I would recommend a $3,750 raise for MacLean,” Smith said.

Lessenberry was hired at a base salary of $35,000 per year. Her predecessor, Stewart, was earning a salary of $42,500 when she retired.

The tourist commission agreed to give Lessenberry the pay increase, starting this month.

“Thank you guys,” Lessenberry said.

Before the tourist commission could approve January's accounts payables, Smith made another motion, asking that the tourist commission make the payment of Lessenberry's cell phone bill retroactive for the past six months since she had been using her personal phone for tourist commission business. The amount for the past six months is $450.

Lessenberry is seeking a position on the Glasgow City Council.

After the tourist commission, the Glasgow Daily Times questioned whether or not Lessenberry could maintain her position as executive director of the tourist commission while running as a Glasgow City Council candidate.

“We verified it with the Kentucky League of Cities and she is actually an employee of the chamber (Glasgow-Barren County Chamber of Commerce) and she does not take an oath, so there is nothing in our regulations that prevents her from (doing it),” Smith said.

In other business, the tourist commission approved a funding request of $500 for the The Jesse Brown’s Small School Showcase; a request from the Far Off Broadway Players for $5,000, with the amount to be paid in increments of $2,500 during the 2019-2020 fiscal year and the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

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