McCreary County Judge Executive Doug Stephens confirmed he met with Phillips Tuesday afternoon and accepted his resignation, which was effective that day – May 3.
The Judge Executive also confirmed meeting with members of the Tourist Commission earlier that day in a special called executive session, but citing personnel issues, Stephens stated he could not discuss what was discussed and no final actions were taken during the session.
Stephens complimented Phillips for his work over the past year, noting all the positives that have been accomplished.
“Adam did a wonderful job for us this past year,” Judge Stephens said Tuesday. “His work with the McCreary County Farmers Market, the Yamacraw Run, Trail Town and other endeavors helped promote tourism and draw interest to McCreary County. He picked right off where Tara (Chaney) left off and kept things moving in a positive direction.”
Phillips’ resignation now means McCreary County is without an Economic Development and Tourism Director. The Economic position was eliminated last June by the Fiscal Court.
The Fiscal Court discussed the possibility of looking at reinstating the Economic Development Director position in some fashion during a recent meeting, but they were advised to wait on reinstating the position until budget considerations could be taken into account.
Judge Stephens stated both positions would probably be a topic of conversation at next week’s Fiscal Court meeting, and the Court will have to consider what funding will be available when they work on preparing the budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
“Obviously we will have to look at what we are going to do moving forward,” Stephens said.
Phillips was hired by the McCreary County Fiscal Court on a part-time basis last April, to work up to 24 hours a week at a rate of $13.22 per hour. He took over for Tara Chaney, who resigned from the position in December 2014. He also served as Manager of the McCreary County Farmers Market, which is scheduled to open this Saturday.
He previously held the position from May of 2008 until February 2010, when he resigned to be able spend more time with his family.